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2022 General Election: Importance of voting

Village elders said they spoke to the youths in their community about the importance of voting in the 2022 General Election. Nameka villager and turaga ni mataqali Paulo Tuvou claimed most of the young people...

2022 General Election: Mixed views from first-time voters

Two first-time voters in Waivaka Village, Namosi, cast their ballots during pre-polling for the 2022 General Election this week for two very distinct reasons. Atonio Drau said he did not know what voting and elections meant and only did it because he was scared. “I felt scared the first time I got my voter card...

2022 General Election: Vote on lawn; officials come to the aid of a 90-year-old

Fijian Elections Office technical adviser Craig Rickards assisted 90-year-old Mere Valesau by ensuring FEO officials enabled her to cast her vote on the Navakuru Village lawn. Walking to the village hall appeared to be an issue for her and Mr Rickards came to her aid and offered to help, resulting in Ms Valesau casting her...

2022 General Election: Elderly braves rain to vote

Voters braved the rain to cast their votes at Vudibasoga Catholic School, a pre polling venue in Macuata. Among them was 90-year-old Iginasio Qionibaravi. The nonagenarian, who developed eye problem in the past year, said nothing could stop him from voting. “Even though I am 90 years old, I got myself to the voting venue...

2022 General Election: Commission encourages voters to exercise their right

As Fiji prepares to go to the polls on December 14, the Fiji Human Rights and Anti-Discrimination Commission (FHRADC) is encouraging all eligible voters to exercise their right to vote. In a statement FHRADC chairman Pravesh Sharma said the right to vote was a fundamental human right which was critical to a meaningful electoral process...

2022 General Election: Sayed-Khaiyum hits out at broadcaster

FijiFirst general secretary Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum took a swipe at Fiji-based Australian Broadcasting Corporation correspondent Lice Movono for “grossly misinforming the Fijian public”. His comments were in response to a claim by the National Federation Party that he visited Star Printery in Raiwaqa where the ballot papers were being printed on December 1. At a news...

2022 General Election: 84-year-old pleads for proper landing facility

Lagi Village in Dogotuki, Macuata, needs a proper landing facility to help during the evacuation of sick people to the village health centre. That was the plea made by 84-year-old Loata Tokea after she cast her vote during pre-polling voting at her village on Thursday. Lagi’s health centre, which is staffed by a doctor and...

2022 General Election: ‘We want leaders who respect what we value’

The people in the district of Namuka in Macuata are ready to embrace change, change they say that has eluded them for a while. They showed up in numbers to cast their votes during the fourth day of pre-polling at Namuka District School. “We thank the Government for what it has done over the years...

2022 General Election: Power is in our hands – Borosio

Rusiate Borosio believes Fiji needs a government that practises the principles of democracy including respect for citizens’ human rights. He made the comment at his home village of Lagi, in Macuata as villagers cast their votes during the fourth day of pre-polling voting in the Northern Division. The 69-year-old bachelor said the politics of past...

2022 General Election: Commission for peace and reconciliation

A Unity Fiji government will establish a Commission for Peace and Reconciliation to help the country move forward by healing the wounds of the past. Party leader Savenaca Narube said this in a statement issued yesterday. “Unity Fiji believes that to empower the entire nation to move forward towards hope and freedom, we must look...

2022 General Election: Bainimarama’s achievements ‘worst in our history’

His achievements are one of the worst in our history both economically, financially, socially and in our rights and freedoms in this country. Unity Fiji leader Savenaca Narube claimed this of FijiFirst party (FFP) leader and Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama. Mr Narube said this in response to a question from the media regarding comparisons made...

2022 General Election: ‘We will see justice is done to workers’

Fiji Labour Party leader Mahendra Chaudhry says if the Labour government comes into power, it will re-open the case of all workers who have been dismissed unfairly without due process. “We will see that justice is done to all these workers,” Mr Chaudhry said. “I am referring to workers in statutory organisations such as FRCA,...

2022 General Election: Unemployment figures at 30 per cent – Unity Fiji

Unity Fiji leader Savenca Narube claimed Fiji’s unemployment figures were sitting at 30 per cent at present and could double in four years. And the former Reserve Bank of Fiji governor claimed his party’s economic transformation program could address the issue by doubling Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in four years. Speaking to the media at...

2022 General Election: Bainimarama shot himself in the foot – Rabuka

The People’s Alliance leader Sitiveni Rabuka says FijiFirst leader Voreqe Bainimarama shot himself in the foot by labelling as macawa (useless) his plan to remove all permanent secretaries and CEOs should the PA-National Federation Party form government. “What happened to Fiji Bureau of Statistics CEO Kemueli Naiqama, what happened to those permanent secretaries that they...

2022 General Election: Favourtism ‘modus operandi’ of FijiFirst

Favouritism has been the modus operandi of the FijiFirst Government and this has “hurt” the private sector, claims Unity Fiji leader Savenaca Narube. Speaking to the media recently, he also claimed government intervention in the private sector where it favoured some and punished others has created uncertainty, especially for potential investors. “This government has hurt...

2022 General Election: ‘No bond for students’ – Gavoka

A Social Democratic Liberal Party (SODELPA) government will not place students in their free tertiary education initiative under any kind of bond. SODELPA leader Viliame Gavoka said this at a rally at Syria Park, Nausori yesterday. Speaking to supporters, he said students would not be burdened by bonds. “We will not bond you, you will...

2022 General Election: Sayed-Khaiyum ‘misrepresenting truth’

Fiji Labour Party leader Mahendra Chaudhry has accused FijiFirst general secretary Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum of misrepresenting the truth by saying canefarmers received the lowest cane price when Mr Chaudhry was Prime Minister in 1999. Mr Chaudhry was responding to Mr Sayed-Khaiyum’s comments in interviews with the Auckland-based station Radio Tarana. “In fact, the cane payout of...

2022 General Election: Simpson was paid $500k a year – Vosarogo

Former Land Transport Authority (LTA) CEO Samuel Charles Simpson was paid more than $500,000 a year, claims The People’s Alliance (PA) candidate for the 2022 General Election Filimoni Vosarogo. He made the claim at a campaign rally, while explaining why The People’s Alliance wanted to review the appointment of permanent secretaries, CEOs of statutory institutions...

2022 General Election: Misleading information

FijiFirst leader Voreqe Bainimarama says Fijians should not to be swayed by misleading information about their religion, as every Fijian had the right to worship in a religious group of their choice. He made this assurance to voters present at their rally in Nabua Methodist Church hall on Thursday night. “Fijians have the right to...

2022 General Election: NFP/PA will cancel all debts – Rabuka

The People’s Alliance party leader Sitiveni Rabuka says a PA-National Federation Party government will cancel all student debts and replace the Tertiary Education Loans Scheme and Toppers scholarships with full scholarships for all students in the country. At a rally at the Fijian Teachers Association hall on Wednesday, he said the full scholarships for all...

2022 General Election: Dilapidated state result of ‘poor planning and lack of investment’

The dilapidated state of Fiji’s health, education and road infrastructure is not because of the failure of past governments, it is the result of poor planning and lack of investment in the maintenance programs by the FijiFirst Government. The People’s Alliance leader Sitiveni Rabuka said this when asked how a People’s Alliance-National Federation Party government...

2022 General Election: Tax for non-resident companies

Fiji will lose out on non-resident company investment and Fijians employed in non-resident firms will lose their jobs if the Opposition parties’ plans to increase corporate tax on non-resident companies is realised. FijiFirst party leader Voreqe Bainimarama said this at a rally in Nabua on Thursday. He said his government had decreased the tax to...

2022 General Election: Timing of complaint a concern

THE People’s Alliance (PA) says the Social Democratic Liberal Party’s (SODELPA) letter of complaint against the party is dated November 5 — two weeks before the release of the PA manifesto. The party says it is concerned about the time that has lapsed between the date it was written and when the issues raised by...

2022 General Election: ‘Let’s welcome new ideas, new initiatives’

‘WE want change.’ This was what most voters said when asked why they got up in the early hours and travelled great distances just to get to the pre-polling stations in Vanua Levu to vote in the 2022 General Election. In Seaqaqa, Iosefo Jese said the people in his area wanted to see a change...

2022 General Election: School management boards tired of being treated as ‘cleaners’ – Naicker

School management boards are tired of being treated as ‘grass cutters and cleaners’ by the Education Ministry, claims The People’s Alliance candidate for the 2022 General Election Sadasivan Naicker. The former Then India Sanmarga Ikya Sangam (TISI) national president claimed many management members felt sidelined after not being given the opportunity to govern the schools...

2022 General Election: Party ‘sold its soul’

The People’s Alliance (PA) party leader Sitiveni Rabuka claims the Social Democratic Liberal Party (SODELPA) “has sold its soul” in secretly working in cahoots with the FijiFirst party after SODELPA lodged a complaint against PA with the Fijian Elections Office yesterday. Mr Rabuka claimed the complaint against PA on the reinstatement of the Great Council...

9th December

2022 General Election: ‘Have faith in our chiefs’

“I trust my vanua, my chiefs more than the current leader of government,” says National Federation Party (NFP) provisional candidate Sashi Kiran. She said this during a People’s Alliance and National Federation Party joint rally in Lautoka on Monday. “I feel loved and protected by the vanua every day and I say to all the...

2022 General Election: Ana lauds statement of intention

Social Democratic Liberal Party (SODELPA) candidate Ana Rokomokoti has lauded the party’s manifesto for having the necessary policies and ideas to propel Fiji into the future. Speaking to this newspaper, Ms Rokomokoti said SODELPA had solid policies that was all encompassing. “We’ve addressed every area of Fijian life, from economic to social to education, to...

2022 General Election: PA targets women’s rights

The People’s Alliance (PA) party candidate Liliana Warid Parrott says while there have been strides made to advance women’s rights in the country, there is scope for growth. Speaking to this newspaper, Ms Parrott acknowledged the work carried out by activists such as Fiji Women’s Crisis Centre coordinator Shamima Ali and Virisila Buadromo. “So with...

8th December

2022 General Election: Couple return to cast votes

After moving away from Malake Island last year, husband and wife Sesoni Waqa and Akisi Ranadi were back in the village to cast their vote yesterday. Mr Waqa said it was important for them to join their fellow villagers in casting their votes. “Even though we moved away, we wanted to be here today to...

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