Top of the morning bloggers. This is taken from the Fiji Times today. This Father Arms needs to be closely scrutinised because he is making changes into the Electoral system through the barrel of the gun. Remember, it was this hypocrite who recommended to Yabaki and his cronies that because the Military has acted outside the law, they could be justified in steamrolling all the Constitutional changes without Parliament. These two rag-tagged clothed men have a lot to answer for because it seems to SV, that they have lost their bearing not to mention, they lost their calling a long time ago….
To Heffernan, SV warns tread cautiously because you don’t want to be held responsible for implementing unlawful changes, that only further harden the already polarised racial divide.
By VERENAISA RAICOLA
Tuesday, August 05, 2008
NEWLY-appointed Supervisor of Elections Felicity Heffernan has been working on systems, staffing and improvement of skills in the office she now heads. Since arriving into the country last month, Ms Heffernan has been reading all the international and local observer reports and on the last elections that call for a number of improvements.
“At the moment, due to the NCBBF proposal for an electoral reform, we have been getting briefings from Father David Arms and need to look at preparation in a two-fold way with the proposals and the existing system for our operations,” she said. Father Arms has recommended the abolishment of the communal seats in the electoral system.
One of the architects of the 1997 Constitution, Professor Brij Lal, said there is consensus among all of Fiji’s leaders to re-visit the communal system of voting. He said a consensus should be the basis for further talks on the subject, “not this steamrolling approach”.
Professor Lal said unless the people are consulted and their views considered, their concerns and interests understood, Fiji would be planting seeds for further trouble in the future.
“I myself favour the gradual eradication of the communal seats, but the process must be right,” he said. Professor Lal said any changes to any Act of Parliament, including the Electoral Act, must be done through the parliamentary process. He was reacting to Father Arms, who said there was a need to abolish the communal seats as it “is complicated, leads to unfair results and divides the people ethnically”.