Heffernan yet to start work

Bloggers, do you recall our post Poll Chief yet to take office’ on 07/07/08? You will also recall, spineless Rishi Ram’s excuse was receiving an email on Monday morning the day Ms. Heffernan was supposed to start, claiming bad weather conditions prevented her from moving her personal belongings and coming to Fiji. SV had questioned her compatibility to carry out the duties of Supervisor of Elections given her academic background was in environment law and wildlife protection, which is totally foreign to Electoral Law.
One would have thought given the high priority the Pacific Islands Forum, Commonwealth Secretariat and International Body were placing on Vore’s and Eveli’s assurances and undertaking of General Elections in March 2009, the commencement date of the successful candidate would be crucial and imperative given their stuff up with their previous candidate, but, it seems Rishi Ram, Ayarse, Pryde and others have mucked up on this issue again!
This post is taken from FBCL’s news yesterday confirming Ms. Heffernan still has not arrived in-country to take up her post. It can only mean she’s either gotten ‘cold feet’ (nothing to do with the cold weather) and changed her mind with the illegal junta hiding it from the people of Fiji or she’s so grossly incompetent, that she cannot even prioritise her commitments properly (eg: moving of personal belongings) or just doesn’t give a rat’s arse about her delay snd its consequences?
SV now questions her efficiency and effectiveness, if she still decides to take up office.  Also bloggers, should disciplinary action be taken against those responsible for her appointment if she fails to deliver on the goods or resigns, especially with the new Code of Conduct for civil servants? What do you think?

Friday, July 11, 2008 

Taken from / By: Google

Newly-appointed Supervisor of Elections Felicity Heffernan is yet to start work.
Officials from the Elections Office have told Radio Fiji News Heffernan was expected to start work this week Monday.
They say when they last heard from her, her departure from New Zealand had been delayed because it has been snowing heavily in New Zealand.
Fiji Broadcasting Corporation 

15 Responses to “Heffernan yet to start work”

  1. Jese Waqalekaleka Says:

    As I had said in my previous comment in the blog ‘Poll Chief yet to take office’, classical case of ‘cart before the horse’ and in this case, the horse may already have bolted!

    Only time will tell.

  2. Jese Waqalekaleka Says:

    Well, this is from TV One News today and they say Ms. Heffernan starts next week. Time will tell whether she is up for the challenge.

    One National News

    New Elections boss to start a week later than scheduled
    12 Jul 2008 01:43:45

    The Constitutional Offices Commission expects the new supervisor of Elections to be in the country next week.

    Felicity Heffernan was to have started work this Monday, but faced travel delays out of New Zealand.

  3. Mark Manning Says:

    There’s no doubt in my mind that the next Elections Commissioner must be , Peter Foster 1

  4. Jese Waqalekaleka Says:

    @ MM,

    this is another update from FijiLive.

    Fiji’s promised polls at risk of slipping: EU
    12 JUL 2008

    The Delegation of the European Union in the Pacific (EU) says it is concerned with the absence of democratic rule in Fiji and that it expects the interim Government to meet its ‘promised’ commitment to hold national elections no later than February 2009.

    And the EU expressed particular concern about Fiji’s chances of meeting these commitments as “deep concerns” exist “that the election timetable is at risk of slipping”.

    European Commissioner for Development Cooperation and Humanitarian Aid Louis Michel made these comments in light of the recently released report of the EU Troika mission that were in Fiji from June 18-21.

    The Troika mission were in the country consulting with the interim Government, political leaders, civil society, private sector (notably the sugar sector stakeholders) and the Pacific Islands Forum member countries represented in Fiji.

    He said the mission’s findings and recommendations had also been reported to the EU’s 27 member-States.

    “I can never condone a military takeover,” Michel said, adding the EU’s concerns included the vulnerability of rule of law and respect for human rights when democratic control was removed.

    “The EU expects the interim Government to meet commitments it has taken in these areas and to ensure elections not later than the end of February 2009. Meeting these commitments will allow the EU to deliver its assistance programme,” he said.

    Michel expressed satisfaction that the EU Troika was able to pursue a “constructive if at times difficult dialogue” with the interim Government and key political actors.

    He said he was particularly pleased that all political forces declared themselves ready for a political dialogue facilitated by the Commonwealth special envoy Sir Paul Reeves, which would be independent from the People’s Charter process and fully inclusive.

    “This is a positive development which offers the opportunity of finding a sustainable solution to Fiji’s problems,” he said.

    “Furthermore, I trust that the political dialogue can, in the first instance, give a solution to the essential election related issues well before the end of the year, which would allow the EU’s 2008 support to the sugar sector to go ahead,” he added.

    Michel said it was regretted that Fiji’s dialogue with the high level working group of the Pacific Islands Forum was suspended.

    “The Pacific Islands Forum provides political orientation for the international community and it is essential that dialogue resumes as soon as possible,” he said.

    In the meantime, Michel said he was waiting for clarifications on issues in the all-important areas of rule of law and human rights, which were being analysed by the EU Heads of Mission in Fiji.

    “These analyses, together with the findings of the Troika mission of June 18-21, will form the basis for an overall assessment, which, if positive would allow the programming and implementation of bilateral cooperation to help Fiji address internal social issues and needs of its people, as well as recovery of its economy,” he said.


  5. field marshal bananasinpyjamas Says:

    This is the latest from hairyarse.

    Since when does anyone acknowledge ‘it’ as an authority.

    “The interim Government has questioned the intent of the statement from the European Union, saying it has had no official correspondence on the matter.
    Interim Attorney General, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum says, it is unusual for the EU to make a public release, without having the courtesy to inform the authorities first.
    He adds the interim Government will not bow, to the wishes of the European Union.”

    Can’t this creep understand that nobody takes him seriously; he has no authority; he has no respect.

    The photo published earlier showed the distain that the EU delegation felt for the treasonous coupsters.

  6. Tim Says:

    Respect is a two way thing. Trouble is this bunch expect it to be shown them as some sort of divine right.
    One day they might cotton on. You can’t beat, murder, suppress and destroy, and expect it in return just because you have a high opinion of yourself and you think you know better than everyone else.
    That’s what facists generally do though

  7. Peace Pipe Says:

    She was here a few weeks ago checking out her new working setup and environment so something must have hit her during that time which caused her reluctance in taking up the job.

    There is a couple things we could read into this. She might not like what she sees and decided to retrack on her decision. Or she feels she is not up to the task as she has rats ass exeprience as SOE. Or its another conspiracy amongst them to further delay the process and make excuse as being the reason for election delays.

    So this becomes part of the plan of the iig to create slippages to the elections timetable. The EU is demanding that elections must held as promised in their statement. The moronic hairyarse iag was very pathetic in his reaction to the statement saying that they will not bow to demands. Yes who the hell is he to speak on behalf of the people of Fiji as he claims.

    Thank you EU for your consistency and we believe you are doing it for the sake of the oppressed people of Fiji to get us out of this misery.

  8. Peace Pipe Says:

    And JW, it was nice to hear also the EU supportive of the forum and especially the particular mention of exclusion of the charter farter and the inclusive component of all political parties. None of the bullshit electoral reforms and charter farter nonsense and diversions.

  9. Glawyer Says:

    Good on the EU for their statements, obviously the illegal junta thought they could pull the wool over their eyes with their ‘good intentions, better fiji’ bullshit. Its blatantly obvious now that without democratic representation and accountability these illegal idiots are basically forcing their wishes upon the people, making changes left right and center with little regard to anyone else but themselves….big arse khaiyum whining about the report on TV last night said that it is not up to EU but the people of Fiji to decide when elections are….hello!! You and your bunch of illegal cohorts are not the People of Fiji!! If it was up to us we’d already have an elected government in place and you’d all be wiping your aiyarses with your charter documentation in prison!

  10. ex Fiji Tourist Says:

    Now, let’s guess who is telling a lie about this saga.

    From FijiTimes

    “” Permanent secretary in the Prime Minister’s Office Parmesh Chand said: “The Office of the PM can confirm that communication has been received although it could not say what the contents were as it was directed to the Prime Minister.”
    “But on the EU press statement we haven’t seen it.” “”

    From FijiTV

    “” The interim Government has questioned the intent of the statement from the European Union, saying it has had no official correspondence on the matter.
    Interim Attorney General, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum says, it is unusual for the EU to make a public release, without having the courtesy to inform the authorities first. “”

    Chand says that the illegal, incompetent pm received the EU report and hairyarse says they didn’t.

    Methinks that one of them is telling another LIE.

    lie (1), noun, verb, lied, lying.
    noun 1. something that is not true, said to deceive; false statement known to be false by the person who makes it.
    Ex. A lie which is half a truth is ever the blackest of lies (Tennyson).
    2. something that gives or is intended to give a false impression.
    Ex. My life was all a lie (William Godwin).
    3. a false statement.
    Ex. Women love the lie that saves their pride, but never an unflattering truth (Gertrude Atherton).
    v.i. 1. to tell a lie or lies.
    Ex. A faithful witness will not lie (Proverbs 14:5).
    2. to make a false statement.
    3. to give a false impression; mislead.
    Ex. (Figurative) That clock must be lying; it isn’t noon yet. (Figurative.) The sun, who never lies, Foretells the change of weather in the skies (John Dryden).
    v.t. to get, bring, put, or otherwise maneuver, by lying.
    Ex. to lie oneself out of a difficulty.
    expr. give the lie to,
    a. to call a liar; accuse of lying.
    Ex. to give each other the lie in a tavern brawl (Robert Louis Stevenson).
    b. to show to be false; belie.
    Ex. His actions gave the lie to his statement.

    AND, anything uttered by the morons in the jaundiced junta.

  11. Katalina Balawanilotu Says:

    Heffernan have recently discovered the job has already been done. All that is required of her is her presence on the ground. Her only role is to successfully carry out the charade.

    She has been swallowing hard; TRYING TO come to terms with all the corruption that lays ahead of her and whether she can really live with herself when all is said and done.

    European Union have gotten word of this. Explains why they are now putting the squeeze on the interim government.

    Think about it.

    Given what we’ve gone through; What is the difference between an election taking place in January, February, or March ? In the grander scheme of things, NONE. But they are specifically demanding on or before February .. DANGEROUS. They are privy to the truth lurking in the background.

  12. Groggymaster Says:

    @EU Communication – Funny isn’t it? The EU did report to the IG – PM, prior to the press release. Lialia probably wasn’t happy with its contents and was trying to work out the spin on it with his favorite boci – Chodo, however they weren’t quick enough, and the EU PR beat them to it.
    Aiyaz become the dork, spouting a contrary statement.

    @ Heffernan, – she’s still stuck on the Chatham islands – getting cold feet.

  13. Mark Manning Says:

    Not a good idea of Frank’s sending Editors out of the country in the 1st. place.
    The heat must really be on these buffoons in the I. G. now !
    Let’s see who ducks for cover 1st.

  14. FijiGirl Says:

    Agree with PeacePipe – she has probably realised that the IR is ‘setting her up to fail’.

    When the polls do NOT happen in March, the IR will blame her and whatever shortcomings she may have (environment law instead of electoral law, etc).

    She’s a smart girl – she’s probably delaying her arrival pending some guarantees or statements to protect her later when the you-know-what inevitably hits the fan.

    God bless Fiji

  15. Frida Says:

    What she should do is let the EU, Commonwealth and UN know of her views and maybe ask the Trio to identify a more appropriate person with clear guidelines on role. pay must come from whoever to the individual – no money should ever go into the IR coffers.

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