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Where’s The Evidence? Asks Young

Where’s The Evidence? Asks Young
Tomasi Waqawai with his grandfather Vereti Waqawai at Nagigi on November 14, 2018. Photo: Yogesh Chandra
September 20
09:54 2014

There has been no evidence provided to the chairman of the Electoral Commission to back allegations of fraud made by a coalition of political parties.

The coalition last night failed to deliver any form of evidence despite a 5pm deadline given by the Electoral Commission.

Instead, they resorted to a two-page press statement read out by Lynda Tabuya, president of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and Mick Beddoes of the Social Democratic Liberal Party (SODELPA) at Studio 6 Apartments in Waimanu Road, Suva.

The statement was signed by party leaders Ro Teimumu Kepa (Social Democratic Liberal Party), Mahendra Chaudhry (Fiji Labour Party), Tupou Draunidalo (National Federation Party), Lynda Tabuya (Peoples Democratic Party) and Sitiveni Kalou of the One Fiji party. It alleged more than 50 documented incidents related mainly to unsecured ballot papers, broken seals, broken ballot boxes and amended registration details.

However, Mr Young was not impressed with the content of the two-page media release handed to him by the Fiji Sun with the allegations.

“None of the allegations support fraud and as I read the statement I note they have downgraded it. Now they want it to warrant an investigation,” he told assembled media at the FMF Gymnasium last night.

“I have not received anything in terms of evidence and I’ve only come to know of this through the generosity of the media who gave me this statement,” he said.

None of the party leaders, apart from Ms Tabuya waited to address the media about these latest allegations. The leaders had met for most of the day at Studio 6 Apartments.  Staff at the apartments were not notified of the late press briefing, causing confusion with media personnel present.

Mr Beddoes said their statement had been forwarded to the Electoral Commission and the President Ratu Epeli Nailatikau.

Members of the Multinational Observer Group (MOG) clarified they joined the media at the press conference as part of oversight for the whole electoral process.




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