Petition for Free and Fair Elections in Fiji in 2018
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I have a right to free, fair and regular elections under section 23 of the 2013 Constitution and I hereby formally demand changes and reform of Fiji's electoral laws and processes to ensure we have free and fair elections in the 2018 general elections next year.
It is not too late for the FijiFirst Government to change the electoral laws to make it fairer to all, to create a level playing field for all political parties, to ensure citizens have freedom of expression and freedom to get information from all parties, to be able to meet freely and to exercise their political rights.
I call on the FijiFirst Government and the Fiji Electoral Commission to grant my right to free and fair elections by making urgent changes to the electoral laws and processes. 121 recommendations for reform have been made to the Electoral Commission and I ask for consideration and implementation of these recommendations.
The 121 recommendations include a requirement that the Fiji Police guard all ballot boxes and that the police transport ballot boxes. It includes a requirement for certification of all IT software and hardware by recognised international electoral experts so there is no rigging of election results.
The Electoral Commission also made recommendations for reform after the 2014 general elections, including reducing the 5% minimum threshold of votes to 2% so that smaller parties can be represented in Parliament and that the votes of those who vote for smaller parties are not wasted and instead their votes go towards the winning party as it went to FijiFirst in 2014.
The Multi-national Observer Group (MOG) made up of various nations observed the 2014 general elections and also made 38 recommendations for reform of Fiji's electoral laws and processes, to ensure free and fair elections in 2018. Those recommendations have been ignored and have not been implemented. I call for their implementation.
I am signing this petition as a citizen of Fiji and urge every other Fiji citizen who wants free and fair elections in 2018, to also sign this petition.
I call on the Electoral Commission, which is tasked with the Constitutional responsibility to deliver free, fair and regular elections to the people of Fiji, to carry out its role without fear, or favor, to bring about the necessary changes to our electoral system. While the Commissioners are appointed by the ruling FijiFirst Party, they should not be beholden to the FFP which appointed it, but instead, carry out their constitutional mandate in the interest of the people of Fiji, rather than whichever political party happens to be in power.
1. May 18, 2017 Submission to the Electoral Commission - http://bit.ly/fjElectoralRefomSubm
2. 2014 Report of the Electoral Commission (including recommendations for electoral reform) - http://bit.ly/EC_AnnualReport_2014
3. 2014 Final Report of the Elections Multinational Observer Group (MOG) - http://bit.ly/MOGfinalReport
4. Joint Report of the Electoral Commission and Supervisor of Elections 2014 - http://bit.ly/EC_SOE_Joint_Report_2014
5. Public Petition for Electoral Reform - http://bit.ly/PetitionElectoralReform
The recommendations for electoral reform are in the interest of the people of Fiji, for free, fair and credible elections in 2018. I remind the Electoral Commissioners that they do not serve on the Commission only for themselves, or for the political party in power, but are tasked with a sacred responsibility by the Constitution to deliver fully free, fair and credible elections in 2018 to the people of Fiji. Their duty is to the people of Fiji.
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