Politics

2018 General Elections: Voters advised to use instruction booklet

VOTERS who have received their postal ballot packages must use the Voter Instruction Booklet to identify the three-digit number of the candidate they wish to vote for. This was stressed by Supervisor of Elections, Mohammed...

2018 General Elections: Security of a nation cannot be based on power, says Balawa

THE security of a nation cannot be based on power, force or the barrel of a gun, says National Federation Party (NFP) candidate Sila Balawa. Mr Balawa highlighted this during the party’s campaign meeting with Nasinu residents at the Rishikul Primary School in Valelevu on Friday night. The former senior military officer said he believes...

2018 General Elections: Vote for the party to look after you, says FijiFirst candidates

VOTE for the party who will continue to look after you. This was the key message from politicians contesting the 2018 general elections under the FijiFirst banner. Party general secretary Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum spoke about how much Fiji had grown as a country since the party took office. He lauded the efforts of party leader Voreqe...

2018 General Elections: Weather fails to deter Nadi spirit at FijiFirst fun day

HEAVY rain has not deterred Nadi citizens from coming out in numbers to attend the FijiFirst Family Fun Day at Koroivolu Park. Candidates are speaking at the event, citing the various strides made by the FijiFirst Government over the past years. A video message from party leader Voreqe Bainimarama is also expected to be played...

2018 General Elections: Fiji’s leadership must represent people’s voice, says Tikoduadua

FIJI’S leadership must represent the voice of the people in its true sense, says National Federation Party (NFP) candidate and president Pio Tikoduadua. He made this comment at the NFP campaign meeting with Nasinu residents at Rishikul Primary School in Valelevu last night. Mr Tikoduadua said this was the time for people to exercise their...

2018 General Elections: SOE demonstrates packing of postal packages

SUPERVISOR of Elections Mohammed Saneem this morning demonstrated and outlined the packing of postal packages for the 2018 General Elections. During the briefing, Mr Saneem said the packages would be sent to postal voters via courier. Each postal package will contain the following: – A ballot paper – One voter instruction booklet – One postal...

2018 General Elections: SODELPA launches manifesto

THE Social Democratic Liberal Party (SODELPA) today launched its 2018 Manifesto for the 2018 General Elections. Party leader Sitiveni Rabuka said their manifesto consisted of aspirations for now and the future. “The manifesto is the binding into the book of the words that represents our dreams, our aspirations and our will for our country,” Mr...

2018 General Elections: FijiFirst takes care of our children, says Ledua

FIJIFIRST has taken care of our children and we would like this to continue. This was the message from FijiFirst candidate Ateca Ledua during the party’s family fun day in Sigatoka yesterday. She said she thoroughly enjoyed being on television and speaking to the many children over her 15-year career as a host on Get...

2018 General Elections: Let us debate

MAJORITY of Fiji’s political leaders contesting the 2018 General Election want a leaders’ debate. Leaders of the National Federation Party, Unity Fiji party, Fiji Labour Party, Freedom Alliance and the Social Democratic Liberal Party believe a political leaders’ debate is important for the voters to judge the credibility of the leaders they choose. NFP leader...

2018 General Elections: Close watch on campaigns

THE Fiji Human Rights and Anti-Discrimination Commission will extend its level of vigilance by auditing political party campaigns in the lead-up to the 2018 General Election. This was revealed by the commission’s director, Ashwin Raj, during a press conference at the Fijian Elections Office in Suva yesterday. “We will be auditing these campaigns. That’s the...

2018 General Elections: 20,000 ballot papers secured

TWENTY thousand ballot papers were transported from Star Printery factory in Raiwai, Suva, to a secure storage facility at the Fijian Elections Office warehouse in Laucala Beach, Nasinu, yesterday. Supervisor of Election Mohammed Saneem said the ballot papers which were packed in 14 boxes were transported under heavy police guard. “We are treating every ballot...

2018 General Elections: FEO receives postal ballot applications

ABOUT 4000 applications for postal voting have been received by the Fijian Elections Office so far. Applications for postal voting close at 5pm on October 24. Supervisor of Elections Mohammed Saneem said they expected an increase as there were still a few days left before the applications closed. “We expect another increase at the end...

2018 General Elections: SODELPA not in the business of impressing people, says Koroisavou

PEOPLE need to know that the Social Democratic Liberal Party (SODELPA) is not in the business of impressing people if it wins the 2018 general elections. Speaking to supporters at Nadawa in Nasinu on Thursday night, candidate Jope Koroisavou said they would run Government on sound economic leadership. “We will not have that kind of...

2018 General Elections: Party officials observe printing process

FIJI political party officials are entitled to observe the printing process of the ballot papers for the 2018 General Elections, says Supervisor of Elections Mohammed Saneem. Party officials were at the Star Printery factory in Raiwai, Suva, on Wednesday night when the Fijian Elections Office commenced the printing of ballot papers. The FEO has also...

2018 General Elections: Star Printery secured tender for printing job, says FEO

STAR Printery was appointed by the Fijian Elections Office (FEO) to be the official printer of the ballot papers for the 2018 General Elections following a tender process. This was clarified by Supervisor of Elections Mohammed Saneem yesterday saying the company was also the official printer for the ballot papers used in the 2014 General...

Political parties refute claims by Government

THE Government’s continued public utterances and accusation that some political parties are abusing race and religion for electioneering are wrong. In fact the majority of Fiji’s political parties insist race and religion are issues that matter to the people, and are raised and expressed by the people. As we head towards the 2018 General Election,...

Unity Fiji to consider alcohol, cigarette prices

UNITY Fiji party will consider decreasing the prices of alcohol and cigarettes if it wins the 2018 General Election, says the party’s candidate Suliasi Tamanalevu. Mr Tamanalevu’s comment was in response to a question during their campaign at Delaivalelevu Settlement in Tacirua on Tuesday night. Binesh Chand, 40, who resides in the area said the...

2018 General Elections: First batch of ballot papers delivered to storage facility

THE first batch of ballot papers was transferred from Star Printery in Raiwai, Suva, to a secure storage facility at the Fiji Elections Office warehouse in Laucala this morning. Fiji’s Supervisor of Elections Mohammed Saneem said there were 20,000 ballot papers packed in 14 boxes that were transferred. “We are treating every ballot papers with...

764,850 ballot papers for elections

THE cost of the total ballot papers for the 2018 General Election is not over $200,000, says Supervisor of Elections Mohammed Saneem during a media tour of a factory in Suva where the papers are printed. The printing of ballot papers began on Wednesday night in the presence of political party agents, the Multinational Observer...

Chaudhry, Datt in war of words

FORMER Fiji Labour Party (FLP) politician Krishna Datt says the FLP “got rid” of him because of the genuine issues he tried to address. In addressing supporters of the National Federation Party at Naleba, Macuata on Monday night, Mr Datt said FLP leader Mahendra Chaudhry ganged up with others and got rid of five loyal...

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