Opinion

Between The Lines, November 18, 2018

SOCIALIST GARBAGE The World Socialist Website wsws.org has done its own spin on the General Election. It headlines the election out­come: “Fiji First Party retains power in sham election”. The
18 Nov 2018 10:17
Between The Lines, November 18, 2018
Voters wait to cast their vote at Nausori Technical schoolat Vuci Road Nausori on November 17, 2018. Photo: Ronald Kumar.

SOCIALIST GARBAGE

The World Socialist Website wsws.org has done its own spin on the General Election.

It headlines the election out­come: “Fiji First Party retains power in sham election”.

The report, written by a John Braddock on November 16, says the low voter turnout was due to widespread disenchantment.

It did not mention bad weather having a direct impact on voter turnout, although it talked about heavy rain and flooding.

There is no supportive evidence to show it was a sham or some­thing close that resembles it.

It is typical of socialist belief based on Marxist ideology.

In short, it is socialist garbage.

POLITICAL COMPLAINTS

When some political parties complained about alleged vote count anomalies, BTL hopes they were not reading the World Socialist Website.

The website has made an outra­geous claim that the Fijian elec­tion was a sham without giving any evidence.

The Fijian political parties yesterday provided count figures that were different to the official figures, which had been verified and signed by party agents too.

So, what’s going on?

Answer: They were trying to divert attention away from the moment they knew FijiFirst was going to win the election. Sec­ondly, they were trying to cast aspersions on the integrity of the election process. They did in 2014 and they have tried it again this time.

Fortunately for Supervisor of Election Mohammed Saneem, their records are well docu­mented.

His response on television would hopefully clear the air. These kinds of complaints can cause incitement and Mr Saneem has dealt with it profes­sionally and effectively.

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