Politics

Rabuka Referred To Speaker Following ‘Attack’ Statements Of Saneem

Mr Saneem also pointed out that neither the Leader of Opposition nor the Party have directly approached the Fijian Elections Office seeking information or particulars prior to the media release.
15 Feb 2020 11:27
Rabuka Referred To Speaker Following ‘Attack’  Statements Of Saneem
Opposition leader Sitiveni Rabuka at Parliament on September 3, 2019 Photo: Ronald Kumar.

The Supervisor of Elections, Mohammed Saneem has referred the Leader of Opposition Sitiveni Rabuka to the Speaker of Parliament Ratu Epeli Nailatikau for his statements on February 12.

“In the statement, Mr Rabuka had personally attacked Mr Saneem instead of directing comments on the office held by Mr Saneem,” the Fijian Elections Office said in a statement.

“The press statement is riddled with attacks personally directed at Mr Saneem including various unsubstantiated allegations.

“In referring the matter to Ratu Epeli, Mr Saneem said he was rather surprised yet saddened by the unbecoming behaviour of the Leader of Opposition, a person who is holding an elected office in Parliament and who has chosen to attack a constitutional office holder personally, instead of tackling matters and issues at hand.

“It is also rather appalling that the Leader of Opposition has chosen to use derogatory words as well as personal vilification in his release, tantamount to an outburst, whereas it is generally expected of his Office to maintain a very high level of decorum and professionalism,” Mr Saneem said.

Mr Saneem also pointed out that neither the Leader of Opposition nor the Party have directly approached the Fijian Elections Office seeking information or particulars prior to the media release.

“The release itself appears to be generated from information from secondary sources and social media.

The Fijian Elections Office, as well as the office of the Supervisor of Elections, remain open to any enquiries that political parties may have, however, Mr Saneem highlights that it is rather bizarre for one of the highest offices in the land to resort to such derogatory tactics as well as personalisation of matters which could rather be dealt with in a very professional and formal manner.”

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