WHEN the Electoral Commission was appointed, many in the public would have been reassured to see the names, including some who have been associated in the past with fostering democracy and accountability, and their statement that they would not be a “rubber stamp” for the Bainimarama government.
This faith has been shattered by the refusal of the Electoral Commission chairman to release to the public and political parties, the details of the proposed electoral regulations, or the electronic copy of the voter rolls, both of which are in the possession of the Bainimarama government.
The commission has admitted that it will merely comment on the draft, and the final version will be decided by the Bainimarama government: i.e. the commission will merely rubber stamp the eventual product, without any democratic input.
What a far cry this is from the 2012 boasts by the Bainimarama government that the Ghai Draft Report (and its electoral system) would be debated and approved by a “People’s Constituent Assembly”.
I call on the individual members of the Electoral Commission to inform the public through the media, whether:
* They accept the limitations placed on them by the Bainimarama government;
* If any of them have individually registered their protest at the commission’s refusal to make public the draft electoral regulations.
PROFESSOR WADAN NARSEY
Mr Nagataleka is stating that the FNPF board seriously regards its fiduciary duties to always act in the best interest of its members to ensure their retirement savings are secure.
To be able to successfully achieve this goal, FNPF must ensure that all of its members’ FNPF contributions deducted and paid in by employers throughout Fiji are verified and posted to members’ respective accounts.
Contributions that get posted over the members working life with interest would eventually become the calculation figure for pension, part pension or lump sum payment whichever members may choose to opt for at their retiring age.
Apparently this has not been the case for many years now.
Millions of dollars are being transferred to unidentified accounts each year commonly referred to as the “suspense account”. Continue reading
A military dictatorship, with unknown advisers, is bringing about major changes to Fijian institutions: the Great Council of Chiefs has been supposedly abolished; provincial governance structures reorganized; the laws of management of communally owned Fijian land and marine resources (some with serious environmental impacts); flagship Fijian companies such as Fijian Holdings Limited have been reorganized; controls have been placed on Fijian churches and villages; Fijian cultural symbols are being changed by decree, without their consent.
Massive changes in economic policy are affecting not just Fijians but all Fiji citizens in: taxation and expenditure of tax-payer funds, privatization and sale of public assets, restructuring of pension funds, controversial approval for new industries such as casinos and mines, a huge increase in public debt that must be paid for by future generations which will be increasingly indigenous Fijian, and much more.
The views of the Bainimarama Regime leaders are prominent every day on radio, television and in the newspapers, with extremely limited coverage given to opposing political leaders.
It is dismaying therefore that there is a deafening silence from Fijian intellectuals from the universities and the private sector- with the exception of a few rare individuals such as Ratu Joni Madraiwiwi or young youth leaders like Peter Waqavonovono. Continue reading
Who gave them due warning that the price of gasoline was going down yesterday so they could run their stocks down prior to the event.
Was it the same person who told them it was going to be increased on the last adjustment so they could fill storage tanks to the brim.
What do YOU think…? Corruption is still alive and thriving in Fiji ….
REMEMBER THIS WHEN YOU VOTE
“The duty of youth is to challenge corruption.”
― Kurt Cobain