Fiji Election Time – Democracy returns

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Frank Bainmarama speaks to media just after voting in the 2014 elections Photo/ Cam Slater, Whaleoil Media

I am in Fiji observing the election.

I have been part of the media contingent but have a free rein where I can go.

What I have seen and observed is a real positivity amongst the people despite intimidation from SODELPA thugs of Indo-Fijian people.

Most people have  positive outlook for the future of Fiji, and today contrary to what media have reported leading up to this day a free and fair election has been held. The results will come in tonight and whatever the result Fiji will have a new democratically elected government in an election that has been a model of how to eliminate voter fraud and keep elections open and transparent.

Despite this though, having spent the day with media they still run their anti-Fiji lines and show a distinct lack of understanding about Fiji’s history, the people and culture.  

After dinner I will be going to the media centre to watch the votes come in and hopefully be able to report the results later tonight. I will also be commenting on FBC TV later tonight as well.

One funny moment was when the Commissioner of Police Bernardus Groenewald arrived and the media thought it was Bainimarima and surrounded the car. The Commissioner got out and shouted “Surprise” at the media. About 15 minutes later the PM arrived with his grand daughter to cast his vote.

There is still some nervousness in Suva that 2000 will be repeated with SODELPA thugs marauding the streets, as of this post however it is quiet and peaceful with people enjoying the public holiday to vote, despite the threats of intimidation and violence.

There was certainly no sign of those threats at the polling booths I visited today.

Here are some photos and video taken today waiting for the PM to vote.

 

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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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