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Fair representation

Written By : Apenisa Naigulevu Suva . Litia Tokalau made a very interesting statement in her letter that “the regime is … considering changes to the electoral system ….. they
10 Jun 2008 12:00

Written By : Apenisa Naigulevu Suva . Litia Tokalau made a very interesting statement in her letter that “the regime is … considering changes to the electoral system ….. they want equal representation and fair results from the proposed new system.”
If this is what the regime wants then “common roll is not the answer”.
We will have to use a racial voting system where the number of seats in Parliament is proportionally allocated according to the population of the country.
My calculation based on the result of the 2007 Censers and a 70-seat Parliament would roughly be as follows:
a) Fijians – pop 473,983: 57 per cent or 40 seats;
b) Indians – pop 311,590: 38 per cent or 26 seats; and
c) Others – pop 42,326: 5 per cent or 4 seats
That would be fair and proportionate, everyone is fairly represented in Parliament but probably not acceptable to democratic thinkers.
Common roll would be fairer, as long as Fiji is divided into 70 equal constituencies each returning one member and everyone has one vote each.
This would be very fair but representation will not be equal.
Some races will not be represented in Parliament but so what, the interim regime thinks that race is evil, right?




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