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%.  

Mohammad Saneem announced provisional results from 1244 polling stations.

Mr Saneem said this would be the last provisional update for the night.

He said the rest of the updates would be announced in the later part of the day.

Of the total of 387,400 valid votes counted, FijiFirst claims 60 per cent while SODELPA claims 26.7 per cent.

NFP stands at third position with 21,910 votes which is 5.7 per cent while PDP stands at fourth with 3.5 per cent.

FLP still struggles with 9256 votes.

It is a route for Fiji First and Bainimarama.

Fiji has voted, and rejected racism.

SODELPA has been spanked, they stood on a platform of racism and lies and the electorate has resounding rejected those policies.

The early votes that came in were from traditional iTaukei areas in the North and even there Bainimarama was winning, that was the point at which I saw the smiles erupt.

I said on FBC TV last night that Mohammed Saneem is the one person who Fiji should honour. He is just 29 and has run a very professional and clean election.  The system ran flawlessly, and the only issue appears to have been the slow count.

Today is the start of a promising future for Fiji. The people have voted to reject racism and voted for progress and the vision of Frank Bainimarama and Fiji First for Fiji.

 

– Fiji Times


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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story.  And when he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet.   Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet, and as a result he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist that takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him.  But you can’t ignore him.

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