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It Is Sour Grapes From A Bunch Of Losers

The Fijian Elections Office has been professional and transparent in every step of the way from its set-up to election. The Multinational Observer Group has also vouched for the credibility
19 Sep 2014 09:01
It Is Sour Grapes From A Bunch Of Losers
Ro Filipe Tuisawau (standing) in Parliament. Photo: Parliament of Fiji

The Fijian Elections Office has been professional and transparent in every step of the way from its set-up to election.

The Multinational Observer Group has also vouched for the credibility of the electoral process. Just yesterday, it said in a statement: “The election was conducted in an atmosphere of calm, with an absence of electoral misconduct or evident intimidation.

“The Fijian Elections Office and election workers were competent, professional and committed in performing their duties, sometimes under challenging circumstances.

“Despite compressed timeframes, a complex voting system and some restrictions in the electoral environment, the conditions were in place for Fijians to exercise their right to vote freely.  This was a credible election.

“While counting is ongoing and the results are yet to be finalised, we assess that the outcome is on track to “broadly represent the will of the Fijian voters”.

That is a vote of confidence in the electoral process from respected independent overseas monitors.

But yesterday, SODELPA leader Ro Teimumu Kepa led a group of political parties that included the National Federation Party, the Fiji Labour Party, and the People’s Democratic Party to allege in a press conference that election material had been tampered with.

This is a case of sour grapes by the gang of four who have failed  to defeat Voreqe Bainimarama and FijiFirst in a fair contest. It is a feeble attempt to throw a spanner in the works and derail the electoral process.

The complaints could have been dealt with at the polling/counting stations where the claimed incidents allegedly happened.

If the election results had gone in their favour, would these complaints surface? No, they waited until they knew they had little hope of winning before they spoke out in a media conference to get maximum exposure here and abroad.

Conspiracy theorists will now roll into action to create doubts in the minds of people about the integrity of the election.

Some of those in the gang of four have a track record of whingeing and moaning about the election from Day One even before the Supervisor of Elections, Mohammed Saneem, was appointed. If they had used the time to plan their election campaign better, their results in the poll might have improved.

It’s apparent they have struggled to swallow their loss in this election.

Feedback:  nemani.delaibatiki@fijisun.com.fj

 




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