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Losers, Says PM

Losers, Says PM
Avi Muni Raj Naidu outside the Ba Magistrates Court on December 13, 2018. Photo: Nicolette Chambers
September 19
11:58 2014

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama yesterday hit back at losing opposition parties claiming irregularities in general elections vote counting.

Speaking during his afternoon walk along Laucala Bay Road, the relaxed FijiFirst party leader said: “This was expected from the losers.

“They should just accept the result.”

The claims surfaced as the Multinational Observer Group issued a preliminary report saying there were no significant irregularities in vote counting.

Although the counting was ongoing, the international group assessed that an election reflecting the will of the people was on track.

The claims by the Social Democratic Liberal Party (SODELPA), National Federation Party (NFP), One Fiji and Fiji Labour Party (FLP) are reported on Page 8. Supervisor of Elections Mohammed Saneem responds on Page 3.

Meanwhile, Mr Bainimarama said he was happy with the progress of the count so far.

He said the results represented the voice of the people who wanted to move forward.

The people, he said, had given FijiFirst their trust to lead the nation over the next four years.

Yesterday, drivers stopped on the roadside to shake the PM’s hands  when they saw him walking. They congratulated him. So did people walking on the footpath and on passing buses.

Vote counting continued through the night. A major announcement is expected to be made this morning.

The only provisional results released yesterday said the state of the parties then was:

FijiFirst 60.10%

Social Democratic Liberal Party 26.70%

National Federation Party 5.60%

People’s Democratic Party 3.50%

Fiji Labour Party 2.40%

One Fiji Party 1.10%

Fiji United Freedom Party 0.20%

When asked about his new Government, Mr Bainimarama said said he would wait until the results were finalised.

The final composition of the new 50-member Parliament will not be known till the final count is finished.

But on indications up till yesterday, it appeared likely FijiFirst could have seats in the mid 30s, SODELPA around 14 or 15 and the National Federation Party possibly one or two.

The Prime Minister stressed the election was fair and transparent.



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