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September 21
10:48 2014

It’s D for Decision Day in the general elections.

Final confirmation of the landslide victory of FijiFirst and Leader Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama is expected today as counting nears its end.

A big FijiFirst Interfaith Thanksgiving Service is scheduled for 10am at the ANZ Stadium in Suva. There Mr Bainimarama is expected to make his first comments on the sweeping election vistory.

The massive FijiFirst win  is being seen as a resounding acceptance of the inclusive building-a-better-Fiji policies of Mr Bainimarama and FijiFirst.

No Fijian Prime Minister before has commanded such a mandate from a wide cross section of voters. This is a clear indication of a rejection of divisive policies from the past based on race, religion, creed.

As results are finalised, preparations are also being made to return the writ of elections to the President, Ratu Epeli Nailatikau. This sets the constitutional clock ticking for the announcement of the new government and the convening of the new Parliament. One of the first items on the agenda for Parliament will be confirmation of a Speaker, who will come from outside of Parliament.

Counting teams have been working around the clock to verify all provisional results and then confirm final results.

So far:

FijiFirst has 33 confirmed seats in the 50-member Parliament.

It could gain two more if things do not go in the favour of the National Federation Party. The NFP was last night barely above the five per cent threshold needed to get into Parliament.

SODELPA – whose non-inclusive and discriminatory policies have been widely rejected – is trailing with just 14 seats. It may get one more depending on how the NFP fares.

Current standing among all political parties are:

(SEE TABLE BELOW)

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