Letters To The Editor: 19th November, 2018

Democracy, Transparency Tukai Lagonilakeba, Namaka, Nadi Through our country’s legal system SODELPA Leader Sitiveni Rabuka was cleared of all those FICAC allegations by the Suva Magistrates Court and High Court
19 Nov 2018 14:15
Letters To The Editor: 19th November, 2018

Democracy, Transparency

Tukai Lagonilakeba, Namaka, Nadi

Through our country’s legal system SODELPA Leader Sitiveni Rabuka was cleared of all those FICAC allegations by the Suva Magistrates Court and High Court respectively.

No doubt there is absolute transparency in the system.

The Fiji Electoral Commission with the Fijian Elections Office and our Supervisor of Elections must all be commended for a job well done.

What was disappointing was the low voter turnout despite all the investment and the hard yards put into educate and register every eligible Fijian voter for the 2018 General Election.

Although voting is not compulsory and it is their right to not vote, but I consider those Fijians that did not vote inconsiderate, ungrateful and irresponsible indeed.

Those votes could have made a big difference to the final result.

Vinaka vakalevu to all volunteers and casual workers who were employed by our Fijian Elections Office, especially for all the behind the scenes unwavering disciplined input.

Where is the change?

Dharmendra Kumar, Suva

Consistencies in policies and long-term goals to provide investor confidence and modernising the Fiji economy and creating a level playing field for all Fijians has been accepted by the vast majority of voters.

Lies, inconsistent and insane policies meant to destroy the Fijian economy have been rejected.

I mentioned earlier that Fiji has intelligent voters and once again the majority have spoken.

The leader of the National Federation Party and the leader of SODELPA talked about change coming.

Where is the change?

It was just hallucinations, it was meant to deceive people which has been outrightly rejected.

Commodore Bainimarama said: “I know there has been some disgruntlement over certain polices over the past couple of years. But we are not here to look into the past. We are here to look at our future.

“I and my Government are not averse to making tough decisions.

“After all, the economies of Singapore and Mauritius are what they are today because of the ability of their respective governments to make tough and forward-looking decisions.

“Our economic growth must be based on a sustainable foundation.

We must not repeat the mistakes of the past when unsustainable fiscal and monetary policies were put in place.”

Fijian voters has rejected racism and lies.

They want to move forward with a modern and vibrant Fiji, a Fiji for everyone and a Fiji with equal opportunities for all.

Election allegations

Savenaca Vakaliwaliwa, Suva

It seems that those who oppose the FijiFirst Government have been crying and making allegations of vote rigging and calling for a fair and clean election etc before the elections are still at it right now.

I bet it will continue after the 2018 General Election.

From the provisional and final vote count that we have received, we all can see that this is a tight election with no tsunami and SODELPA has a good chance of forming the next government with the National Federation Party coalition.

That is, of course, if the FijiFirst Party does not make a final surge and sprint away from SODELPA to maintain that 50,000-vote gap after all the the votes have been counted.

To keep the Fijian minds at rest from all the election allegations, I believe it is best for the Fiji Elections Office to clearly reveal:

  • The total number of people who voted;
  • The number of votes that were invalid; and
  • Have this information for all the polling stations.

This information will answer all the allegations of vote rigging etc that is currently being shared on social media after we all do the maths.

After following and listening to the election updates from the Fijian Elections Office, I take my hat off to the Supervisor of Elections and all his team members for an excellent job!

Replace Rabuka

Amenatave Yaconisau, Delainavesi

I disagree with Nemani Delaibatiki’s analysis on a new SODELPA Leader Sitiveni Rabuka (FS 18/11).

Although it’s in their manifesto, it’s better to have a warrior inside than out.

It surely will mellow down the party the change of leadership.

Archbishop’s comment

Christopher Griffin, Perth

Whatever criticism, right or wrong, has been levelled at Archbishop Peter Loy Chong, there’s been a lot of it.

No matter the merits or shallowness of your journalist Jyoti Pratibha’s piece on election “Winners and Losers” (16/11), your choice of accompanying photograph of Archbishop Loy was shameless.

It wasn’t just a face shot, it was the Archbishop and the Eucharist.

And not just the Eucharist, as such, but the Eucharist at that moment in the Mass that is above all other ritual moments, definitive of what it means to be a Catholic.

Your ill-chosen picture, in other words, was offensive and inflammatory, not to say ignorant.

Offensive not only to Catholics, but I dare say the majority of Fijians Christian and otherwise.

Feedback:  jyotip@fijisun.com.fj

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