Fiji

If brains were dynamite…

If brains were dynamite Ro Teimumu Kepa wouldn’t have enough to blow her nose.

Snippy old Sally Rounds of Radio NZ interviews her keyboard.

Fiji’s main opposition party has pledged to move a motion to launch a parliamentary inquiry into last week’s election.

The leader of Fiji’s main opposition party, Ro Teimumu Kepa.

Opposition parties claim they have evidence of irregularities, including ballot box tampering, broken seals and extra materials in boxes.

The leader of the Sodelpa party, Ro Teimumu Kepa, says a bipartisan, independent parliamentary inquiry needs to be launched into aspects of the election, where the public can be given the opportunity to come forward and give evidence.

“This will be the first test of transparency and accountability for the Bainimarma government. If their victory is legitimate then they have nothing to fear from such an inquiry.”

Ro Teimumu Kepa says the evidence is being collated into a report for the National Executive Committee.

A preliminary report by the multinational observer group has said the elections were credible.

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Could Murray McCully sort out his idiot department over Fiji please

Fiji has had the election that was promised, it was declared free and fair by international observers but still New Zealand continues to insult Fiji via MFaT.

Frank Bainimarama has been sworn in after being democratically elected and still MFaT is meddling with advisories.

On MFaT’s Safe Travel website they state:

Fiji

And these words of warning:

Some government departments and statutory authorities are still headed by ex-military personnel.  The government also has a degree of influence over the judiciary and some media outlets remain cautious about reporting anti-government views.

The security situation in Fiji is currently stable, however the elections and process of formation of a new government may result in increased political tensions. New Zealand citizens throughout Fiji are advised to be security conscious at all times and to avoid any demonstrations, large gatherings and areas of military activity.

What a load of horse shit. Frankly that is insulting.  Read more »

Bainimarama sworn in as Fiji PM

 Photo/ Cam Slater, Whaleoil Media

Photo/ Cam Slater, Whaleoil Media

The election is finally over in Fiji and Fiji First won 32 out of 50 seats, with nearly 60% of the vote.

Frank Bainimarama has been sworn in.

Fiji’s former military ruler was sworn in as prime minister after winning 60 percent of the vote in the South Pacific nation’s first elections since he seized power eight years ago.

Fiji, a tropical archipelago about 3,200 km (2,000 miles) east of Australia, has suffered four coups since 1987, the latest in 2006 led by former army chief Voreqe “Frank” Bainimarama, whose Fiji First Party will hold a wide majority 32 of the 50 seats in the new parliament.

Wednesday’s election was broadly praised by a 92-member international observer group, despite opposition accusations of fraud and allegations the regime had used its control of state media to boost Bainimarama’s campaign and ignore opponents.

“I will serve the country as the prime minister of all Fijians,” Bainimarama told Reuters following a swearing-in ceremony at Government House in the capital, Suva.

The election has been closely watched by neighbours Australia and New Zealand, the region’s economic and diplomatic power houses, eager to welcome the country back to the fold of normal relations after eight years of isolation.

Some diplomats I spoke to in Fiji were hoping there would be a thaw in relations with NZ.

That is unlikely.

Fijians are very upset over the way they have been treated by the NZ and Australian governments.

Fiji has made new friends now….ones we let in the door with our intransigence.

The country now has emphatically rejected the racism of the past, and has embarked on a new beginning.

 

– Fairfax

The social media election? Yeah, Nah

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Callum Valentine – Social Media “genius”

This election was billed as the social media election by  many pundits, and some political parties.

The Internet party in particular banked their success on social media.

Kim Dotcom and his little band of failures including Callum Valentine, a supposed social media genius, all told us that their much vaunted apps would secure them victory.

They also told us that their masses of Facebook likes and Twitter followers were going to get them over the line.

They were wrong.

Matthew Beveridge even had an entire blog devoted to analysing and writing about the social media election. He was wrong too.

Matthew has written a blog post about the effects of social media, where he finally cottons on to what I have been saying for a very long time.

I am a huge fan of social media. I love how it allows candidates, MPs and parties to talk directly to voters. I love how it allows people, who would never otherwise meet, to interact with each other and to learn from each other. But it has its limitations. It is very much a self selecting environment. It is incredibly easy to end up with a timeline that is nothing but an echo chamber.

For a number of people on the left, and even some parties on the left. I have a feel this is what has happened. They have seen all the talk about how it is time to change the government. About how the media is biased. How about dirty politics will resonate with the electorate. As well as about many other issues. But they forget that social media in general, and Twitter in particular, are not accurate representations of the rest of the electorate. I blogged earlier about how when dirty politics was being talked about on Twitter, it wasn’t really connecting with the electorate. The articles that were being read on TVNZ, Herald and Stuff were not the ones about dirty politics. They were about the every day things that mattered to, or interested, average voters.

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Fiji vs NZ – Media blackouts

While I was in Fiji the foreign media, including NZ media were complaining about “censorship of media by the regime”.

It was a constant low grade whine for 3 days….the duration of the media blackout on reporting the election.

The refrain back in NZ by idiots like David Farrar and Barry Soper was the same. “Media need to be free to report”, “this is an outrageous restriction on media freedoms.”..all calls made by various media, and commentators like the idiot from Amnesty International.

Of course they all forgot that we have a media blackout in New Zealand too, it is just that ours is only one day.

Under the Electoral Act, it is an offence to influence a voter in any way on polling day.

This covers who they should or shouldn’t vote for and statements which might influence a person to abstain from voting.

Political parties and the media are included in this, meaning news outlets must not run stories which are likely to influence voters.

Political coverage can start again when voting closes at 7pm.

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Proof the left wing don’t respect democracy

The left wing in New Zealand, ably assisted by a biased media have constantly harped on about Fiji holding elections, returning to democracy and doubting that Frank Bainimarama would even hold elections.

Well he has, they were free and fair and he won!

So what do they now say?

Malcolm Harbrow shows just exactly what the left wing actually thinks about democracy:

Fijians went to the polls yesterday in the first democratic elections in eight years. And with slightly more than half the ballots counted, it looks like they’ve given dictator Voreqe Bainimarama a clear majority. There’s been no allegations of fraud, so it looks like the result is the clear will of the Fijian people.

I’m appalled. I thought Fijians were better than that. Bainimarama seized power at gunpoint, silenced the media, and used intimidation, beatings and torture to retain power. And Fijians voted for him? I guess you get the government you deserve…

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Fiji Election: Clear win for Bainimarama

 Photo/ Cam Slater, Whaleoil Media

Photo/ Cam Slater, Whaleoil Media

Fiji voted yesterday.

It was a clear and beautiful day. The streets were quiet except around the polling stations, where a positive buzz was felt as people voted.

There were concerns on Tuesday night about thuggery and intimidation but the Police were out in force, and the streets of Suva were very peaceful, even at 2:00am when I walked back to my hotel.

At that point last night Fiji First and Bainimarama were in front comfortably with more than 15% of the vote counted.

Overnight they have advanced their vote to over 60%.   Read more »

I tried, I really did, but couldn’t find a single road block, goon squad or government censor anywhere

The Grand Pacific Hotel, redeveloped and open for business

The Grand Pacific Hotel, redeveloped and open for business         Photo/ CamSlater, Whaleoil Media

I have spent three days in Fiji, a short trip transiting onto my next destination.

After my interview with Frank Bainimarama I received emails, threats, and comments that basically said that I didn’t know what I was talking about. That Suva wasn’t safe, that there were government goon squads roaming the city setting dogs onto people and breaking up groups of 5  or more, and that the media were muzzled by government censors, not to mention the road blocks and general intimidation and subjugation of the general population at the point of a gun. In fact I never saw a gun, at all, and trust me as someone who is interested in such things I was looking.

Well, I can tell you that despite asking and looking for all of these things that we have been told exists by the disaffected and the complicit media in New Zealand, I could find none of those things.

I went to several press conferences where media turned up, asked questions, received answers all without any Police or Army people present.   Read more »

Dodgy ratbag unionists same the world over, this time in Fiji

Felix Anthony, a trade union boss, who has troughed it up large at the expense of Fijian taxpayers has been busted.

Felix Anthony was paid more than $160,000 over three years as a board member of the Fiji National Provident Fund.

The amount also included the fees the then Fiji Trades Union Congress general secretary and now leader of the People’s Democratic Party received for sitting on the boards of FNPF’s subsidiary companies.

Mr Anthony was asked during FBC’s 4 The Record television programme on Sunday about the amount.

He replied: “I don’t recall the exact amount.”    Read more »

Barry Soper locked out from last nights debate, and not at all happy about it

Last night a WOBH camera operator was in attendance at the farce of a debate in Helensville electorate.

He was able to capture the displeasure exhibited by NewstalkZB journalist Barry Soper as he sought entry to the hall.

Note that Patrick Gower seemed able to saunter through the rather aggressive door security.

Soper was undeterred and unleashed that little Rottweiler that still lives inside himself.

Eventually the PM’s handlers arranged to assist him through the door.

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