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9 Winners 9 Losers

This election has provided a clear distinction between who are winners and who are real losers. Here’s 9 winners and 9 losers. WINNERS VOREQE BAINIMARAMA: No Prime Minister in Fiji’s
19 Sep 2014 11:00
9 Winners 9 Losers

This election has provided a clear distinction between who are winners and who are real losers.

Here’s 9 winners and 9 losers.

WINNERS

VOREQE BAINIMARAMA:

No Prime Minister in Fiji’s history has received such overwhelming support across all sectors.

His backing is multiracial, multi-generational and urban and rural.

A resounding endorsement of his Building a Better Fiji vision.

VOTERS

Came out in numbers. Good humoured but serious about having their say.

True democracy is a winner.

AIYAZ SAYED-KHAIYUM

Despite a vicious campaign against him by racial and religious haters, Mr Sayed-Khaiyum emerged as a strong candidate in his own right.

It underscored public endorsement of his untiring make-things-happen work as the Number Two in the party and the Government.

VANE SERUVAKULA

Vane who? Mrs Seruvakula emerged a surprise asset for SODELPA from her base in Vatukoula.

She succeeded with old-fashioned community involvement and good works in the Vatukoula-Tavua area.

In early polling she even occasionally led party leader Ro Teimumu Kepa.

MAHENDRA REDDY

Dr Reddy has been a practising economist, unlike some.

Deserved recognition, including for his work looking after consumer rights.

BIMAN PRASAD AND NFP

What a change. The National Federation Party under his leadership has a real chance of making it into Parliament.

Labour leader Mahendra Chaudhry – who lorded it over the NFP in recent elections – and his party seem to be in a nose-dive.

ILAIJIA TAVIA VUNIYAYAWA

This People’s Democratic Party relatively unknown candidate had more votes than his leader and president combined in early results. Could he have won the lucky number? 297.

MOHAMMED SANEEM

Determined, extremely capable and always calm in the face of criticism and pressure.

The Supervisor of Elections has been a real winner.

MULTINATIONAL OBSERVERS

Be it travelling the Rewa River in a fibreglass boat, or trekking into the interiors, these guys and girls did it all.

LOSERS

MICK BEDDOES

Empty vessels make the most noise? Enough said. Leading a band of other losers yesterday to try to create some trouble.

VICTOR LAL

Once was a journalist. Now a sad, faraway and irrelevant figure trying to peddle lies as information through his so-called Fijileaks.

BRIJ LAL

The long absent professor, Brij Lal, that is. Even his “friends” in the Australian media will have trouble taking him seriously after he got this so wrong.

RAJENDRA CHAUDHRY

Needs help of a serious kind.

NIRMAL SINGH

All hot air, all talk and no action which translated into getting few votes.

The jumping around from one party to the other did not do him any good.

ROSHIKA DEO

Having lots of likes on your Facebook page is NOT an indication of true popularity.

LYNDA TABUYA

After having endorsed the elections on national television on Wednesday, she was quick to change her tune on Thursday. Indecision – bad reflection for wannabe leaders.

MINOR PARTIES

So much effort. So little return.

INTIMIDATION

The intimidation from the past did not work.

Full credit to the Police and the RFMF for making sure any who might cause trouble knew they would be in trouble.

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