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The 2006 general election studies: Khaiyum's lies and deceit

What about European Union’s report on role of military in Fiji politics?

By Victor Lal
The illegal attorney general Aiyaz Sayed Khaiyum never stops citing the European Union’s report on Fiji’s 2006 general election to justify his treasonous acts and that of his puppet dictator Frank Bainimarama.

Khaiyum continuously asserts that Fiji, which he considers as his “Mecca” fiefdom, is being guided by the European Union post-election report which cited irregularities with voter registration and voting practices, such as 101% voter turnout in one constituency, and the disenfranchisement of certain voter groups.

The lies and deceit of the “Squealer” knows no bounds in Fiji’s own Animal Farm. Remember the Squealer character: “All the other male pigs on the farm were porkers. The best known among them was a small fat pig named Squealer, with very round cheeks, twinkling eyes, nimble movements, and a shrill voice. He was a brilliant talker, and when he was arguing some difficult point he had a way of skipping from side to side and whisking his tail which was somehow very persuasive. The others said of Squealer that he could turn black into white.”

Khaiyum says his illegal regime does not want a repeat of 2006 general election results, as highlighted by the European Union. “We have to ensure that there are proper laws to stop this from happening again,” he said. Khaiyum said under the 1997 Constitution, the principle of one person, one vote, and indeed one value was absent.

What the “Squealer” of Fiji has not told about the European Union Report? On 18 May 2006 the Chief Observer of the EU Election Mission to Fiji informed the European Union in his preliminary report as follows: “ Fiji’s May 2006 parliamentary elections were reasonably well organised and fundamental freedoms of expression, association and assembly were respected. Voters turned out in large numbers and they deserve to be commended for the commitment they have shown to democratic institutions…Ultimately, we do not consider that the shortcomings identified in the preliminary statement were of sufficient magnitude to fundamentally undermine the validity of the election process. These elections were a crucial further step in the consolidation of democracy in the Republic of Fiji Islands and the country now faces new challenges in endorsing the result and accepting a new elected leadership.”

While echoing similar sentiments, the “Final Report”, however had this to say about Khaiyum’s puppet dictator: “The Chief Commander of the Republic of Fiji Military Forces became inappropriately involved in the political campaign through a series of public statements before and during the elections.”

The “Squealer” is not mentioning the role of the military in politics nor is he citing any evidence that suggests that the EU Final Report had recommended that the military should seize power after the 2006 elections and turn Fiji into Animal Farm – managed and dictated by Khaiyum and Bainimarama.

As I have repeatedly pointed out, the dictator seized power because the police were on the cusp of arresting and charging him over the death of soldiers following the 2000 mutiny at the barracks. He had betrayed George Speight and was part of the inner circle which had planned the overthrow of the Chaudhry government.

Here are the Recommendations from the EU’s Final Report on Fiji’s 2006 General Election:

RECOMMENDATIONS
The following recommendations to improve the electoral process and related areas are offered for consideration and action by the Fijian authorities and the international community:

Electoral system

Reforms of Electoral System: The combination of 46 communal constituencies and the ongoing use of the Alternative Vote system have not had the desired effect of diminishing the stratification of Fiji’s electorate and political parties, which reflect divisions between the country’s two main ethnic groups, indigenous-Fijians and Indo-Fijians. Informal round table sessions involving all political parties, independent candidates and civil society groups could provide an opportunity to examine the shortcomings of the current electoral system and explore other systems which might facilitate more cross-ethnic political representation.
Increase Open Constituencies: A gradual increase in the number of open constituencies and a corresponding reduction in the number of communal constituencies, as originally proposed by the 1996 Constitutional Review Commission could promote more intensive inter-ethnic cooperation by political parties.
Review Constituency Boundaries: An immediate review of constituency boundaries is recommended after the planned new census is completed. This should aim to redraw constituency boundaries to ensure a more equitable numerical balance of voters per constituency. The guiding principle of this exercise should be to guarantee adherence to the principle of equal suffrage, which prescribes that no vote should carry proportionally more weight than another.

Electoral Administration  

Strengthen Electoral Management Bodies: The Electoral Commission and the OSE could enhance their effectiveness and independence by acquiring adequate staff and sufficient budgets. The establishment of an electoral management body on a permanent basis would help develop institutional knowledge and improve its planning, training and preparation capacity. Under the current system, the Supervisor of Elections is frequently not in a position to establish his authority over the four divisional Returning Officers due to their normal institutional status as Division Commissioners. At the very least, the appropriateness of Division Commissioners being automatically appointed as Returning Officers during election periods should be reviewed. An explicitly established chain of responsibility and the introduction of clear procedures governing the grounds for the removal from office of the Supervisor of Elections would help clarify working relationships within the electoral management bodies.

Enhanced Societal Representation: The electoral administration management and executive bodies should introduce equality measures in their recruitment procedures to ensure a better representation of women and ethnic groups at all administrative levels. At a political level, steps such as quotas or temporary affirmative action could be taken to enhance the participation of women in municipal bodies and the national parliament.
Regular Meetings with Political PartiesOSE should establish a permanent timetable of regular meetings with political parties to provide timely information on election-related issues. The frequency of meetings could be increased in election years.
Finance Regulation: The Electoral Commission should propose that parliament considers a regulation on political party finances. Such a regulation would provide accountability to voters on how parties and candidates acquire the financial means to run campaigns.
Political Parties’ Code of Conduct: The Electoral Commission should put forward a code of conduct for political parties to strengthen respect for common rules and standards during the electoral campaign.
Development of Voter Education: Effective voter education programmes should be developed and implemented well ahead of elections to increase the level of understanding of the electoral process, thereby reducing the number of invalid votes. The involvement of non-governmental organisations would contribute to the effectiveness of such campaigns.
Annual Updates of Register of Voters: Implementation of the annual update of Register of Voters in accordance with the Electoral Act requirement, and the institution of a permanent and public voters’ database would improve the quality of
the electoral roll. Political parties should be given the opportunity to observe all stages of the updating of the register.
Procedural Improvements: The numbers of forms used by election officials during voting and counting should be reduced and procedures simplified in order to develop a more straightforward and accountable system.
Voter Intention: The Electoral Act should be amended to strengthen the provision on voter intention by accepting a tick below the line as a valid selection. This would also help reduce the number of invalid votes.
Ballot Paper Design: Ballot papers should be redesigned with a simplified layout to reduce voters’ mistakes. One approach might be to abolish the system of above and below the line marking. Instead, voters could either mark a single box for a party or indicate their order of preference for candidates by ranking their selection with numbers. The use of the three main languages on the ballot papers, instead of just one, would also facilitate better voter understanding.
Postal Voting Reforms: The application for postal ballots and the postal voting in person should end before the first day of normal polling. The postal voting procedures should be improved, particularly in relation to reconciliation and security, to achieve a more transparent and accountable system.
Reduction in Polling Days: The number of polling days should be gradually and substantially reduced to eventually allow voting to be concluded in just one day. This should mean improved efficiency and accountability. By diminishing the number of transport days and the need for overnight storage of materials, security would also be improved.
Polling Station Reforms: Voters should be able to vote only in an allocated polling station which should be located only in public buildings. This would reduce the number of ballot papers needed, reduce the number of ballot boxes and increase the accountability of the process. The OSE could display all relevant data in each polling station at the end of each polling day. This form could also be distributed to party agents and observers.
Training of Electoral Staff: The introduction of more effective training for polling and counting staff would lead to a more uniform implementation of procedures. The adoption of accurate and user-friendly training manuals would allow staff to develop an improved understanding of procedures.

Transparency

Handling of Election Complaints: A clear procedural set up for the handling of complaints is essential to establish accountability of the Electoral Commission and the OSE and could be implemented at all levels of the election administration. A register of complaints in concert with a timely settlement of formal protests from the level of polling station up to the Electoral Commission is crucial to promote transparency of the process.
Public Information Policy: Decisions and minutes of the Electoral Commission and OSE meetings should be published and made easily accessible and available on an official website. Election results should also be published on the web page as soon as they have been announced. In addition, the transparency of the counting process would benefit by the distribution to voters, political parties and observers of a list of the ballot box numbers, along their seal numbers, before the formal start of counting.
Electoral Campaign Period: The introduction of a specific day and hour for the start and end of the electoral campaign would allow political parties, candidates and media to know when campaign rules take effect.
Training of Party Agents: More effective training for party agents on voting and counting procedures would increase their efficacy. Non-governmental organisations and the OSE should be more involved in providing electoral training to political parties.
Domestic Observers: The involvement of national observers from non-governmental organisations would enhance voters’ confidence in the process.

Security

Ballot Boxes: To increase security, the old wooden ballot boxes need to be replaced with translucent environmentally friendly plastic ballot boxes sealed exclusively with numbered plastic seals.
Storage Facilities: Polling and counting agents should be able to observe at any given time the transfer of ballot boxes and the storage facilities.

Media

Media Guidelines: The OSE’s guidelines for media coverage of electoral campaigns should be issued well ahead of the start of the campaigns.
Media Training: More effective training for journalists is advisable to improve the quality and accuracy of reporting and develop more analytical coverage of the electoral process.
Media Legal Framework: A revision of the Broadcasting Commission Act 1953 is required, as well as the introduction of an information law to regulate more extensively the electronic media.

Again, we repeat and challenge Fiji’s “Squealer” and his dictator piglet to provide evidence where the European Union Report had recommended that the military should seize power in December 2006 and turn the country into Animal Farm, to be ruled by decrees, fear, violence, and all other violations that have been taking place since 2006?

Editor's Note: See below the statement released by the regime on UN offer to send assesment team

http://www.fiji.gov.fj/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=5546:republic-of-fiji-welcomes-un-needs-assessment-mission-for-upcoming-elections&catid=71:press-releases&Itemid=155 

23 comments:

Anonymous said...

'Squealer' is a very apt moniker for Aiyaz. Vinaka, Victor Lal. 'Boss Hawg' and 'Miss Piggy' spring to mind for Bainimarama and Smith-Johns, respectively, though they derive from sources less literary.

This Minister for Dis-Information operates very much in the 'Big Lie' tradition of Josef Goebbels and Baghdad Bob.

As a Moslem, Aiyaz presumably doesn't eat pork. But Squealer should still bear in mind that, come lovo time, no pig is safe in Fiji.

s/ Dakuwaqa

Anonymous said...

Fijian soldiers in Iraq with UNAMI still yet to receive their last week's salary.Answers Please,Frankass,Aiarse or Sharon Stone sorry Johns.

Anonymous said...

@ Victor Lal

Sounds more like you are the 'squealer' bringing race and religion to your argument and - referring to Fiji as 'Mecca'.

Anonymous said...

That is Khaiyum's style through and through! He will pick and choose extracts of reports that suit his and Frank's plans to hold on to power and accumulate personal wealth but ignore other parts which condemn their selfish objectives.

You wait Khaiyum, the people of Fiji will have their turn to strip and flog you in public! Wait for your turn you pig!

Anonymous said...

Yeah but what is new with this EU report. Another cut and paste from some global document??? As usual, Victor Lal lives in an idealistic world. Since when has the Military NOT been involved in politics here in Fiji and anywhere else?

Kai Natena said...

Khaiyum has always been a liar and deceiver who will never reveal any weaknesses to tarnish him or anything to do with this Illegal Government.

The European Union’s report on Fiji’s 2006 general election should always be looked in its totality, its pros and cons, merits and demerits, or whatever.

Thank you Victor Lal...Keep exposing these wannabees errors of their obnoxious unproductive ways...treachery, treachery against Fiji...the I Taukei and the whole Fijian people.


Mark these words: Khaiyum's dream run is to the future ruin of the Muslim Community in Fiji and his Mecca Fiefdom will be pulled apart and destroyed.

Only someone with an agenda like Khaiyum and treacherous Bainimarama would stoop so low and exploit certain or findings but of minor importance when looked at in its totality, of the European Union 2006 Post Election Report.

I conceed that there could be irregularities in the voter registration and voting practices but disenfranchisement may happen at the choices and decisions of a voter and inefficiency of a voter registration officer.


Certainly "Porker" Khaiyum is the "squealer because that is what a GAY does all the time...Persuasive skill and ability? Why not because Porker Khaiyum has been managing all along to twist Boar Bainimarama around his slimy GAY fingers all these years since 2006...Khaiyum being able to change shape and colours? Why not because is a chameleon and Boar Bainimarama does not realize this all this time.

Nothing so seriously irregular happened in the 2006 General Elections. On this Porker Khaiyum and Boar Bainimarama are only insulting the people of Fiji including the hard working Election Officials the Teams that went out into the field without proper sleep and meals to get the elections done for the Fiji Election Office.

I was one of those individuals dedicated to civic duties in mind who was out there in the field braving the bad weather, unhealthy conditions of election vessels and the choppy waters of the lau Group working my ass off to ensure that the election process was done right. KHAIYUM, YOU ARE INSULTING ALL OF US, COMING FROM SOMEONE WHO WAS HIGING HIS ASS OFF IN A CUSHY OFFICE IN SUVA OR WHEREVER AT SUCH A TIME.

If you ask me, there was nothing wrong with the 2006 General Elections to demand these drastic changes. Thes are happening to put in place the dreams and agendas of a few people...

Porker Khaiyum and Boar Bainimarama of Nashat Shamimi's Animal Farm...only GOD's WILL is going to prevail...your will WILL be demolished in time.

Anonymous said...

We still have not received our pay at UNAMIIraq

Radiolucas said...

I doubt that Aiyaz would like this article splashed about c4.5 - the last thing he wants is for the EU and the people to be reminded of the truth behind the bullshit he spouts.

Anonymous said...

Squealer only does selective reading from the EU Report!! It just goes to show, how low they can get due to GREED & POWER!!

Their days are numbered!!

Anonymous said...

EU has to resolve its own financial crisis at the moment.

Anonymous said...

Regime has already selected the first batch of candidates to stand for their party for the elections: those that got sworn in as jp's and commisioners of oaths. Wait and watch. mark my word. regime has started its election campaign!!!

Papas Mama said...

UNAMI (Iraq) - your pay has been used for rehabilitation work promised to the thousands of Fijians who were affected by the recent floods. PM's BSP donation acc is only a smoke-screen as funds from there will be privately pocketed by the greedy pig (as his usual practice).

Safe to say that it would be a miracle if you guys do get a cent of last weeks (lost) earnings.

And to other news... Nothing new from Khai-chod. He doesn't speak english but his language is deceit and lies. As the saying goes, "every dog has its day" his day is coming, sooner than he anticipates. That day will come upon him without any forewarnings cause his own personal bodyguards are backstabbers and untrustworthy just like him. They will soon sell him to the Fiji public.. watch this space!!!

Anonymous said...

Khaiyum is correct in asserting that there were "problems" with the 2006 elections!

But where he falls down is in implying that these problems were significant in terms of the final election results. They were not!

The kind of improvements that Khaiyum is talking about are problems of granularity, resolution or significance. These will only increase the accuracy of any count. But they will not change the fact that around 85% of Fijians voted SDL anyway, while approx. 85% of Indians voted FLP nonetheless.

So in Fijis's context, the only difference that these changes would have made to the 2006 elections, for example, is that we would be able to tell that the SDL's Fijian vote was 84.62% say, instead of around 85%. And that the FLP's Indian vote was 86.17% instead of around 85%.

Given that some 54% of the electorate was Fijian and some 44% was Indian, the eventual breakdown of seats won by the respective parties was STILL a representative reflection of the political sentiments in the 2006 elections - DESPITE any problems.

This is not to say the electorate was "right" or even knowledgeable! Just that its wishes on who to represent it was reasonably accurate. (Although given the unspectacular governmental performance of the FLP/National Alliance in the pre-2009 regime, maybe the electorate wasn't that wrong after all, either)

This is also why trying to measure the FLP's defeat with greater accuracy is a waste of time. They still lost no matter how much resolution you "blow" the photo finish up to.

Anonymous said...

soldiers UNAMI Iraq's salaries has been delayed by Kaiyum and aunty Nur.

The Oracle said...

Journalism down the tube...
Fiji journalists should have known what the UN Report said in totality..if they did not, then they should have made the effort to find out before reporting Khaiyum's version. They could have held back on Khaiyum's version and would not have broken any of Khaiyum's laws because they could have argued the need for BALANCE. The PERs have been withdrawn and the Public Order Decree does not place any limitations on balanced reporting.
It's time Fiji journalists wake up and begin doing their work. They know what their boundaries are .. they need to work within those boundaries but still test the system. The Fiji Sun is openly sympathetic to the interim regime, but it does on occasions, seek to balance some of its reports. The same, unfortunately, can't be said of the Fiji Times which appears to have lost its way under Fred Wesley's weak leadership and the new CEO's lack of journalism experience.
Victor Lal can sometimes get carried away in his reporting by adding personal comments which tend to "colour" his stories. BUT, we need more Victor Lals in Fiji's media right now .. small in stature but bold enough to call the regime's bluff. Graham Davis and Walsh, on the other hand, are fly-by-night salesmen who have convinced themselves that their wares are so superior they are without competition. That's more commonly known as "believing your own bullshit!"

Jake said...

Radio.

Ever the weakling.

Why don't you tell Fiji what exactly you want from a democratic government or for that matters a military one?

Are riding the crest of wave to oblivion?

Jake.

Anonymous said...

Who do we blame for all the saga we now watching! I once recalled the elections of a democratically elected Govt in Fiji-which subsequently lead to a coup then another coup then another coup then another!!!! Have we learnt our lessons yet? The question is have we all learnt our lessons or are we yet to learn the lessons of what it entails to have a democracy? This requires a certain degree of courage from Leaders as well as all politicians and citizens that when our Political Party looses an election its part of the democratic process. Once we accept that than we can move on-or is that too much to ask? DRi yani.

Anonymous said...

lesson from Gadaffi...ASK, you will squeal and squeal till you can't squeal no more, as our knives and batons will make your butt hole so bloody and sore....

Anonymous said...

Venegence is mine says the Lord!

Go Away.... said...

EU - Victor Lal - ANZ or anybody else does not make Viti's boundries or electoral system.

Whats' eventually decided will be determined by those who reside in Viti.

Anonymous said...

When, oh when are you people going to realize that there will be NO ELECTIONS!!
Let us not kid ourselves!
They are so f....d up that they will take us all to kingdom come!!

Anonymous said...

The lord JESUs is going to Rule the nation of Fiji not Allah...remember everythin change but the god we serve will never change..... his name is Jehovah Jireh the provider,he is the conqueror and Deliverer,according to his word Ecc3"Everything that happens in this world happens at the time God chooses ...time for sorrow time for joy,time for planting time for pulling up,time forsilence time for talk,time for war time for peace...he knows the heart of a deciever and he knows how to deal with them...becoz jesus listens to the prayer of the humble not the proud..the living word will conquer..god bless Fiji

Anonymous said...

Like the Sharon Stone Johns comment, made me laugh...too much serious shit in here, guys need to lighten up..