#header-inner img {margin: 0 auto !important; #header-inner {text-align: Center ;} Fiji Coupfourpointfive: Regime needs to register a lot more to meet target

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Regime needs to register a lot more to meet target

Mere Vuniwaqa. pic FBC News
A blogger follows the first day of voter registration and does the maths on the aim to register 600,000 people in eight weeks.

Media reports today quoted Mere Vuniwaqa (Permanent Secretary for Justice and apparently the Acting Supervisor of Elections) under the regimes's Electoral Registration of Voters Decree (she is also the wife of the Director of Immigration, Major Nemani Vuniwaqa) as saying that 2,475 eligible voters were registered yesterday in the first day of the voter registration period as follows: Nausori 683, Levuka 176, Lautoka 236, Tavua 72, Suva Civic Centre 561, Fiji National University Samabula Campus 474 and Labasa 270.

In my view the above outcome is a very poor result, when compared to what I have calculated as needing to be achieved each day on average. I have calculated that on average they will need to register 11,500 eligible voters daily for 52 days in order to achieve their target of registering a total of 600,000 voters. My calculation is based on the assumption that registration will take place daily except Sundays over 12 hour shifts from the 3rd of July to the 31st of August 2012.


Voter with new ID card.
According to information that the regime has provided, it takes on average three minutes to complete a registration on one set of equipment. This implies an average of 20 registrations an hour, and 240 in a 12-hour shift for that one set of equipment working to full capacity and without any technical hiccups.


Based on the above calculations, I am estimating that a total of 48 sets of voter registration equipment are needed to successfully register 11,500 voters for each of the 52 available days in the voter registration period. 


However, from the results of the first day of registration yesterday, it would appear that 3 sets are being used in Nausori: 1 in Levuka, 1 in Lautoka which is surprising because there should be more there, 1 in Taveuni, 3 or maybe 4 at the Suva Civic Centre, 2 at the FNU Campus in Samabula and 2 in Labasa.


I believe that unless more resources are put into the registration process, like more equipment, the end result will fall short of their target of 600,000 registered voters. 


For each day that passes without the daily target of 11,500 registrations being achieved, the harder it gets to achieve the desired end result because the mountain is even more steeper to climb with shortfalls accumulating each day.


At yesterday's rate, registration is going at about 21%. At that rate only 128,000 voters will be registered out of 600,000 eligible voters. If that happens, the voter registration process would have been a huge failure. 


The prospect of failure is due to the regime's total dependence on its new and much promoted electronic registration system. They are located in centres where access to electricity is essential. It also requires people to travel to the centres for registration on their own accord, which for those in villages and rural areas will be another challenge in terms of availability of transport and cost.


In all of Fiji's past general elections since Independence in 1970, registration had been done manually which allowed registration clerks to take forms around more or less on a door to door basis, including in the villages and rural areas.


While this may be considered inefficient by the modern-day technology-savvy people in the regime, the job was always done, netting a high proportion of eligible voters every time.


We should not discount scepticism about a process that is being led by a regime that is essentially illegal. A process that is being pushed in the absence of the following: an independent Supervisor of Elections, an Electoral Commission with also no electoral regulations but with Khaiyum acting out its role under the Electoral Registration of Voters Decree, Boundaries Commission with no constituency boundaries, and Constitution or is it being done under the 1997 Constitution?


The illegal Banimarama regime has a major challenge on its hands. Its credibility in the eyes of the world is at stake. Maybe this time, there will be irrefutable evidence that the regime lacks popular support among the Fiji public.


Editor's Note: In a story with FBC News this morning, Mere Vuniwaqa says she is the Acting Supervisor of Eections as a result of the 2012 voters decree and that an Electoral Commission is still to be appointed.

69 comments:

mark manning said...

Somehow, I'm certain that the Regime will find over one million and two hundred thousand Registered Voters !
1,200,000.

Anonymous said...

You would think that army would have been ordered to register on day one. But no one thought of that did they! Oh no that will require too much planning.

Anonymous said...

This clearly shows lack of confidence by the people of Fiji in this regime. What will happen on voting day? Or is voting going to take 8 weeks as well? Or maybe it will take 10 yrs. this will become the excuse for delaying the general election.

Bale said...

Mrs Vuniwaqa sounds like she has no kmowledge of statistics. She is basing her projection of the outcome on performance on the first day of registration.

This can only be a valid assumption if the first day is true representative of all the registration days which may not be true.

A knowledgeble person will wait for several days results to be collected first, say a week so that variations due to different days are covered ie Friday, weekends and Monday people's behaviours may differ etc then arrive at a conclusion on average registration per day. Can then also work out possible estimate of error involved.

Anyway a more accurate calculation of average registration per day may in fact be better or worse than the figure she has come up with. Kaioom should sack her for incompetence.

Anonymous said...

Perhaps a bit of an unfair assesment of a new procedure after its first day.

Many people are not going to rush out there on day one to register for two reasons, firstly there's a good chance the system would likely have teething problems on day one and secondly, why do something today that you can easily do tomrrow.

Fiji Tody Blog said...

Additional uses for your registration data?
by **********

A senior police officer is publicly commenting that the bio metric data gathered in the registration process will aid them in solving several outstanding crimes.

Does this mean they will have open access to all the registration data?

Is this a good or bad idea?

Qorvis Director of Communications said...

Qorvis in dictator's office running his press bureau

Bula
The regime's $3385 new Fiji citizen Graham Davis, while rebutting Mark Siegel's piece in New York Times directed his readers to the following audio site - guess what, just listen to it - Siegel claims that his visit to Fiji for the interviews was made possible because Americans were working in dictator's office and were more than happy to host a fellow American journalist - hear, hear
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/radio/program/pacific-beat/ny-times-article-focuses-on-fiji-politics/972460

Anonymous said...

The Republic of Fiji consists of 320 islands in the South Pacific Ocean about 1,100 nautical miles northeast of New Zealand. A former British colony, Fiji has experienced significant political turmoil since gaining independence in 1970. However, the current government, led by Prime Minister
Qorvis website
http://www.qorvis.com/clients/republic-fiji

Josaia Voreqe Bainimarama, is currently drafting a new constitution to ensure a common and equal citizenship, free from the racial, religious and ethnic divisiveness that plagued former governments. Once constitutional process is complete, Fiji is slated to hold the first truly democratic elections in the country's history—one person, one vote, one value.

Republic of Fiji

Qorvis has been working with the Republic of Fiji to enhance its extrernal and internal communications capabilities. Since the repeal of the Public Emergency Regulations in January 2012, the Government has been keen to modernize how it communicates its messages, both within the country and abroad—as a way to share its story to promote investment and understanding about Fiji’s history, culture and political situation. The Government, under the leadership of Prime Minister Josaia Voreqe Bainimarama, is currently in the process of drafting a new constitution, one that will enable the country's first-ever truly democratic elections: one person, one vote, one value.

Anonymous said...

Posted at 20:46 on 03 July, 2012 UTC

An Electoral Registration of Voters Decree has come into effect in Fiji.

Fiji Village reports that the decree states that the Electoral Act 1998 is repealed, but a political party registered under the Act will continue as a registered party until such time further laws are made in relation to the registration of political parties.

It says the minister responsible for elections will perform the functions and exercise the powers of the Electoral Commission until such time as the commission is appointed by the President.

The decree also confirms that the Permanent Secretary responsible for Elections will perform the functions of the Supervisor of Elections until such time the Supervisor is appointed by the President.

The Electoral Registration of Voters Decree says a person who has reached the age of 18 years and is a citizen of Fiji shall have the right to be registered as a voter.

News Content © Radio New Zealand International
PO Box 123, Wellington, New Zealand

Anonymous said...

Does anyone know who the CEO of Tropik Woods is.

Anonymous said...

Because the regime does lack sufficient popular support to win an election, it won't risk having one in 2014. So, why the registration drive in the first place?

The real purpose of the voter registration drive is twofold. First, the regime wants to appear to be preparing for elections. It will later cancel the election and blame the cancellation on someone else. The regime's second purpose is to capture the biometric information of all adult Fijians. With the help of the Chinese, the regime can use this information to create powerful new social controls with which to identify, track, and harass opponents in order to stamp out all dissent.

Anonymous said...

Its too obvious that these illegal lot definitely want the quickest easiest way out cause they cant stand the humiliation anymore..FAILURE to deliver what they promised in staging a coup..the so called clean up campaign and to eradicate rasiscm..they have finally found out that we are all still very much humans and still living in this world and they cant create a dreamworld heaven..haahaa..Now they are trying to rush through elections so as to give them a little credibility cause their commanding illegal force to PM has lied to the international community many a times saying this and saying that..Aiyaz and your illegal lot..we the citizens of this country will pursue you after this elections to see that you guys will have to face the courts and explain yourselves for holding a country at ransom at the point of a gun..we will not rest till justice will be rightfully served..Dont you ever think that by having this elections you will have the perfect escape..we will hunt you down even if you run away to china..

Anonymous said...

Just when we moving foward, typical Fijians and their comments decides to discredit the military regime and the good work they doing..sa rauta mada..

Anonymous said...

tropik wood ceo/chairman is lawyer faiz khan khaiyum mate.

DASS FAMILY-Qeleloa Nadi. said...

MERE VUNIWAQA please don't forget to register KRISHNA DUTT as this is his last hope.

Anonymous said...

The regime should know people of fiji dont support this bs voter registration and decrees.
fiji people are educated and know that 1997 constitution is still alive and is paramount law of fiji.
so stop fooling fiji public with khaiyum bs decree.
rajesh

Anonymous said...

election wont happen .2014.
This is just to please overseas donors to get money and make more comm for his personal bank account.
khaiyum already told mc and cabinet they should rule for 20 years.
mark my word.
Rajesh

Anonymous said...

how can we register voters without a constitution?
No writ of election.no boundary? all bs .
we should hold election under 1997 constitution and follow the appeal court ruling of april 2009 .
any others are nullified.
if khaiyum and frank think they have support of the fijian voters let test it in the election and under 1997 constitution.
thats my 2 cents advise to this illegal wanna be ag and minster for all and dumbo illegal pm.
rajesh

Anonymous said...

It doesn't matter if you don't support this BS system or not, everyone must register to vote so we can vote these tyrants OUT once and for all!

Anonymous said...

@nonymous 9:41 So you actually belive this liar Bainimarama will keep his word and call an election in 2014.

This man who has put his family in high places in government in jobs they're unqualified for, will suddenly bring about a FAIR election.

Do you guys actually believe that?

This evil regime that makes up its own laws and decrees.
You actually think they will listen to us.

And every decree they make they say "You cannot challenge this decree in a court of law"
So if they win the electioon, it means that you cannot challenge it for a recount.

If they close any businesss they don't like including TV stations you cannot ask them why or challenge them in court.

Do you actually belive that these people will listen to you . Are you kidding?

Do you still believe in the Tooth Fairy and Father Christmas?

Please people WAKE UP!

This is a BIG Mother of a HOAX.

As long as Bainimarama and Khaiyum, are alive and breathing they will NEVER allow a fair election.

Why do you people want to play along with these jerks.

For goodness sake STOP IT, all of you.

There will be no election
It will never be fair.
Qarase and Chaudry are wasting their time
All you people registering are wasting your time.

The RIGHT thing to do is to RECOGNISE the LEGAL governmemnt VOTED BY THE PEOPLE ie SDL and deal with these CRIMINAL TREASONERS the RIGHT way

Qarase must Activate Biketawa and get the ANZUS force here to Suva now. Not 2014. And get rid of these CRIMINALS.

Right now, these criminals are already making a decree on who can or cannot form a party and who can or cannot vote.
DID YOU HAVE A SAY IN THAT?
Of course not.
So what makes you think that this election will be fair.
Why do you people even bother to listen to Bainimarama or Khaiyum.
You shouldn't

Jesus said Look at the FRUIT and make a judgment about the TREE!

For God's sake, Fijians please wake up!

-Valataka na Dina.

mark manning said...

You can't vote someone out who was voted in in the 1st. place !

Anonymous said...

The regime's scribe lap dog and $3385 new Fiji citizen Graham Davis has his article against Matt Siegel's one in New York Times out in the Fiji SUN - basically calling on the regime to take note of Netani Rika's defiance to speak out - Fiji (and Rika) in New York Times - ran Fiji SUN - Shoeshine boys please make sure to buturaki this bastard foreigner if and when you find him in Suva

Parenthesis in Eternity said...

We are hard pressed on every side, yet not crushed…persecuted, but not
forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed… 2 Corinthians 4:8-9

Paula said...

Would anyone be able to give me a single reason to believe that we will have ....'the first truly democratic election'? We will be entertained by a huge dog and pony show, we will submersed in decrees that define who can say what when and where, we will intimidated by thugs who have all our data, including biometrics, mobile phone details etc. We will be flooded with spin from professional spin doctors such as Qorvis, Davis, Smith and Walsh. We are supposed to believe in the integrity of the constitutional process, but we are not allowed to hold the opinion that the 1997 constitution is still alive. Please folks, we should at least keep our dignity and intelligence and not be bamboozled by the greedy Khaiyum clan and their bunch of military thugs.

Voter registration numbers do not add up said...

A report in today's Fiji Sun quoted Mere Vuniwaqa (Permanent Secretary
for Justice and apparently the Acting Supervisor of Elections under
the regimes's Electoral Registration of Voters Decree. She is also the
wife of the Director of Immigration, Major Nemani Vuniwaqa) as saying
that a total of 2,472 eligible voters were registered yesterday in the
first day of the voter registration period as follows: Nausori 683,
Levuka 176, Lautoka 236, Tavua 72, Suva Civic Centre 561, Fiji
National University Samabula Campus 474 and Labasa 270.

In my view the above outcome is a very poor result, when compared to
what I have calculated that they need to achieve each day on average.
I have calculated that on average they will need to register 11,500
eligible voters daily for 52 days in order to achieve their target of
registering a total of 600,000 voters. My calculation is based on the
assumption that registration will take place daily except Sundays over
12 hour shifts from the 3rd of July to the 31st of August 2012.

According to information that the regime has provided, it takes an
average 3 minutes to complete a registration on one set of equipment.
This implies 20 registrations an hour, and 240 in a day per machine if there are no stoppages.

Based on the above calculations, I am estimating that a total of 48
sets of voter registration equipment are need to successfully register
11,500 voters for each of the 52 available days in the voter
registration period.

However from the results of the first day of registration yesterday,
it would appear that 3 sets are being used in Nausori, 1 in Levuka, 1
in Lautoka which is surprising because there should be more there, 1
in Taveuni, 3 or maybe 4 at the Suva Civic Centre, 2 at the FNU Campus
in Samabula and 2 in Labasa. That is a total of 13-14.

What I have demonstrated above is that unless more resources are put
into the registration process like more equipment the end result will
fall short of their target of 600,000 registered voters. For each day
that passes without the daily target of 11,500 registrations being
achieved the harder it gets to achieve the desired end result because
the mountain is even more steeper to climb with shortfalls
accumulating each day.

At yesterday's rate, registration is going at about 21%. At that rate
only about 128,000 voters will be registered out of 600,000 eligible
voters. If that happens, the voter registration process would have
been a huge failure.
.

Anonymous said...

Ok what the frieken hell is going on with the number of Islands we
have in the Fiji Islands nation?
Some writers says 320,others says
over 800 islands,and some says over
1000 islands? What is the Government official numbers? Anyone
out there have some kind of explanation on this important issue? How about you Fat-ass Beddoes-what's your head&tail on this? About you Maichod-any stupid
ideas? Ok lai you're the only educated guys between you three,so
go ahead to tell us HOW MANY ISLANDS we officially have in this nation?

Anonymous said...

I will not register which means that I will not vote. FULL STOP!

Anonymous said...

Anon @10.44, you might think I'm a "bastard foreigner" but at least I put my name to my postings. You are a gutless bastard because you hide behind a cloak of anonymity to issue your vile and idle threats. Ah Coup 4.5 - the cyber home of violent racists and the just plain mad.

Graham Davis

Anonymous said...

Anon @10.44, you might think I'm a "bastard foreigner" but at least I put my name to my postings. You are a gutless bastard because you hide behind a cloak of anonymity to issue your vile and idle threats. Ah Coup 4.5 - the cyber home of violent racists and the just plain mad.

Graham Davis

Anonymous said...

If we register we will be tagged like criminals who have their finger prints and photos taken and kept on record for future use and reference. I will have this uncomfortable feeling of being spied on on every move I make. However I am in a dilemma whether to register. If I do I will condone the regime's illegal process and if I don't I will miss the opportunity to vote against the regime.

Anonymous said...

DA NA RAICA NI NA FORCETAKI NA TAMATA ME REGISTER. KE O SEGA NI REGISTER KO NA FINE TAKI....QORI NA GAUNISALA ENA KUMUNI LAVO RAWA KINA NA MATANITU BUTAKO QO. SE VO TU QO E RUA NA YABAKI IO SA DA REGISTER RAWA TU YANI QO ME KA NI CAVA????...VINAKA QO KEITOU SA SAGA TIKO QO NA NEITOU GOLE I NZ FOR GOOD...NA LEQA LEVU NA TAMATA LIALIA QO O BAINIVORE MAHN....AU SEGA NI KILA SE CAVA ERA CAKAVA TIKO NA YAVU SOTIA LAMUSONA ...SOLI SONA TIKO VEI TIKOICEKE KEI BAINIVORE.....

WHAT A BULLSHIT SCENARIO TO BE HONEST....


RATU SEMI MEO

Anonymous said...

Graham Davis, we may be gutless bastards but it'll be too hard for you to understand that we hide our names from the f***** bastards not for fear of our own lives but for those who are dear to us; our families. It's ok with you to show your name as you are 'friends' with them. It really is just simple logic....we wait, hide and bide our time!

Anonymous said...

Calamity, if Coup 4.5 is 'the cyber home of violent racists and the just plain mad', then why are YOU such an avid reader and frequent contributor?

In which of the two categories do you belong?

s/ Dakuwaqa

Anonymous said...

Then Anon @ 4.27, take out your frustrations at the gym or something and stop threatening violence towards those who disagree with you. I'm entitled to my opinions and so are you. I don't want you hanged or buturaki'd. I just think it would be a lot better if you stopped all this sabre rattling and rejoined the political process. You have your chance to contest the election like anyone else. All this hatred Is totally counterproductive and turns people off. It's also bad karma and can make you sick harbouring all this bile. You need to come to terms with the fact that the clock will not be turned back. Racial politics and the 1997 Constitution are gone. And a lot of people are very happy about that even if you're not.

Graham Davis

Anonymous said...

Graham Davis - the 1997 Constitution is gone so that a fraudster like you can purchase your new Fiji citizenship for $3385 from the illegal regime - Just bugger off from this site and peddle your filth on Grubshit and regime propaganda trash Fiji SUN

mark manning said...

@ Graham Davis
Graham, you accuse others of vitriol, yet you have written an article about me and used my photo without my permission, yet you expect others not to say nasty things.
The livelihoods and futures of so many Fijians have been stolen and trampled on by a few, a few who committed high treason against the State of fiji, their country.
granted you do put your name to your comments and articles and i applaud you for that, even though many of us don't agree with you, most of the time.
I don't understand why you keep saying that Mr. Qarase and his government were Racist and bad for fiji, i just don't get it, but i defend your right to voice your opinion and i hope that you defend others rights to voice theirs also, even though it may differ.
after all Graham, it is their county, not yours and not mine, even though you were born there and have dual Citizenship, which by the way, was issued by the Regime, not a legal and elected Government.
Graham, you once won a Prestigious Award for Investigative Journalism and Kudos to you for that, but let's please see some unbiased reporting or at least, some unbiased opinion and argument here. At the end of the day, all involved will have to face each other down the road one day.
I fully understand why many can't use their real identities, especially given Frank Bainimarama's record of violence against innocent women and ?civilians. Why don't you get that graham when everyone else does ?

Anonymous said...

The excersise is a waste of time & resources...the regime and their supporters want to build their assets, FNPF savings and other material things, want to feel important and respected because they cant do it the legal way...Its simply GREED/ENVY buttered with some bullshit reasons like clean UP,FIJI for all and revenge to the kai Vitis for the 1987 & 2000 coup etc.. the moderate Fijians are caught in the middle and now forced to tow the line etc...So Sad..Lets trust in our maker to bring us out of this..I know HE will.....

Anonymous said...

ANON 8.15PM..MOVE FOWARD MY FOOT..YOU SOUND LIKE AN OPPORTUNIST BITCH WHO IS WOULD SELL YOUR STINKING WHOREHOLE FOR A COUPLE THOUSAND DOLLARS..YOU BLOODY CORRUPT TYPICAL OPPORTUNISTIC DOG..

Anonymous said...

I wonder who that Anon 8.19a.m July 5 is? It sounds like a boot-licking, coup-apologist. YUCK!

Anonymous said...

Hahaha, love it. All capital letters and completely nuts!
Hey look over here, bro. Boo! Hahaha

Anonymous said...

Mark Manning, and it was such a nice picture. Why would you have a problem about me using it? Why post it on the internet if you want to keep it to yourself? Permission? You've become a public figure like Frank Bainimarama by putting it on the net.

So I was born in Fiji, am a Fiji citizen, but it is their country. You were born in Britain, live in Australia but is it still their country? Yeah, right.

And what happens if it's an i'taukei born in Australia with Australian citizenship. Not their country too? Yeah, right.

It's this double standard that I don't accept and neither, mercifully, does the Fiji Government. And believe me, It's a big part of why they are so popular, even with a lot of i'taukei. Why? Because they understand that successful nations - Australia, NZ, the US etc - are built on diversity and they want the same success.

Graham Davis

Jone said...

Graham Davis, you're just as bad as your soul mate Voceke. And what's this about buying your citizenship? Pathetic old man you are.

Anonymous said...

Graham Davis,just FO from Fiji and we do not need you or your opinion here because it is full of shit just like this illegal regime. Get that to your fucked up brain, this government is ILLEGAL and will go down in the history book as such.

Anonymous said...

@Rt Semi Meo
I agree with you.
Bainimarama will eventually force everyone to register.
Just as the Fiji Army is reluctant to do the RIGHT thing, I think most villagers will just aquiesce and register.

Fiji is a "guinea pig" test mice.

After this the makers of the
equipment and the evil foreigners backing it will then introduce it to Forum Countries.
After that it will be used in Australia and NZ.
Its all part of the global One World Govt.

Khaiyum and Bainimarama don't even know this.
But these evil Foreigners will tell Bai to force the people to register

Christians will understand what I'm talking about here. (Revelation 13 : 16 - 18)

The God who created us says that we should use our brain
"to understand the times" (Mark 13 etc)
ie understand the Past, understand the Present and understand the Future.

It's interesting to see that photo of the smiling Fijian man with his card and his special number.
You will find that they will also collect information for all the children ( even those who are not of voting age) and give them a number.

Mark my word Every man woman and child will be forced to register.
(They will give some excuse like "statistics" or "future economical forecasting" etc etc some sort of bullshit.
But the end result is all the same ie to collect information and TO CONTROL)

If the Church had bothered to read the Bible it would stay well ahead of all Bai's bullshit.
How I wish it did!

No amount of praying will help us if we haven't bothered to study what God has already revealed to us.

-Valataka na Dina

Anonymous said...

If this regime had been working with integrity and honesty from the beginning people would have registered willingly from the word go. The people of Fiji are not convinced that these guys are working honestly. Why are they into this electronic system when the advanced countries are still into ballot paper voting. Obviously they are planning to rig the elections in their favor and not leave any evidence. Bainimara is adamant they will win hands down and that can only happen through tampering with the system. Wake up people of Fiji they have already test run the system with the vodafone textin competition on who is the most popular person in Fiji.It's time to remove that smuck off Bainimarama's face.

Graham Davis said...

Jone, I am not old ( the same age as the PM ) and I am certainly not pathetic as is miserable, sad or invoking pity. So don't waste your sympathy on me.

As to your charge of "buying my citizenship", I have hardly bought it if I was born in Fiji and was a citizen from independence until 1994. In that year, I was told by the Australian authorities that they would not renew by permanent residency and by virtue of my parents being Australian and having lived in the country for the requisite period to attain citizenship, I should do so.

I abandoned by Fiji passport like many people under the same circumstances to comply with Fiji's rules prohibiting dual nationality. Now that this has been lifted, I have also - like thousands of others - reapplied for my Fiji citizenship. There is a charge for doing so and I have paid it, also like everyone else. If you want to cast that as "buying Fiji citizenship" be my guest. But it has been done legitimately and with no special treatment, as has been alleged in these columns.

Incidentally, we all know that many Fijians gained foreign passports when they went abroad and didn't abandon their Fiji citizenship. These include a senior chief and prominent citizen of fond memory, lately departed who I'm sure you will all know. They broke the law. I didn't. So can we allow this canard to rest?

I don't mind being challenged in these columns for my opinions and, in fact, rather enjoy it. But misrepresenting the truth of my position is mildly irritating and I'd rather you all addressed the substance of what I argue rather than "play the man" and threaten violence against me for those opinions.

I cannot be convicted of treason or any offence for merely expressing support for some aspects of the regime's policies while, incidentally, criticising others. I have not taken a job with the regime nor am I paid for any of the work I do in Fiji, including for the Fiji Sun. My income comes from my work in Australia. So those calling for me to be hanged will be sorely disappointed. You cannot be hanged for your opinions in Fiji and even George Speight escaped the noose for doing a lot more than expressing an opinion. So yalo vinaka, give yourselves a rest.

We all need to argue the merits of our respective cases rather than threaten and intimidate. None of the bile directed at me here affects me one bit. Indeed, it makes me even more determined to keep stating the facts as I see them. That should also be the position of my critics. Because if you really believe in democracy, you believe in the triumph of ideas and persuading other people to your cause. Threats and intimidation are merely aping those you criticise and are counterproductive.

If you don't want Frank Bainimarama as prime minister after 2014, don't threaten him and those who support him. Stand against him in the election and persuade the Fijian people that there is a better way. The alternative is a life of misery and banging one's head up against the wall for no reason. Now that's pathetic, Jone.

Graham Davis said...

Jone, I am not old ( the same age as the PM ) and I am certainly not pathetic as is miserable, sad or invoking pity. So don't waste your sympathy on me.

As to your charge of "buying my citizenship", I have hardly bought it if I was born in Fiji and was a citizen from independence until 1994. In that year, I was told by the Australian authorities that they would not renew by permanent residency and by virtue of my parents being Australian and having lived in the country for the requisite period to attain citizenship, I should do so.

I abandoned by Fiji passport like many people under the same circumstances to comply with Fiji's rules prohibiting dual nationality. Now that this has been lifted, I have also - like thousands of others - reapplied for my Fiji citizenship. There is a charge for doing so and I have paid it, also like everyone else. If you want to cast that as "buying Fiji citizenship" be my guest. But it has been done legitimately and with no special treatment, as has been alleged in these columns.

Incidentally, we all know that many Fijians gained foreign passports when they went abroad and didn't abandon their Fiji citizenship. These include a senior chief and prominent citizen of fond memory, lately departed who I'm sure you will all know. They broke the law. I didn't. So can we allow this canard to rest?

I don't mind being challenged in these columns for my opinions and, in fact, rather enjoy it. But misrepresenting the truth of my position is mildly irritating and I'd rather you all addressed the substance of what I argue rather than "play the man" and threaten violence against me for those opinions.

I cannot be convicted of treason or any offence for merely expressing support for some aspects of the regime's policies while, incidentally, criticising others. I have not taken a job with the regime nor am I paid for any of the work I do in Fiji, including for the Fiji Sun. My income comes from my work in Australia. So those calling for me to be hanged will be sorely disappointed. You cannot be hanged for your opinions in Fiji and even George Speight escaped the noose for doing a lot more than expressing an opinion. So yalo vinaka, give yourselves a rest.

We all need to argue the merits of our respective cases rather than threaten and intimidate. None of the bile directed at me here affects me one bit. Indeed, it makes me even more determined to keep stating the facts as I see them. That should also be the position of my critics. Because if you really believe in democracy, you believe in the triumph of ideas and persuading other people to your cause. Threats and intimidation are merely aping those you criticise and are counterproductive.

If you don't want Frank Bainimarama as prime minister after 2014, don't threaten him and those who support him. Stand against him in the election and persuade the Fijian people that there is a better way. The alternative is a life of misery and banging one's head up against the wall for no reason. Now that's pathetic, Jone.

Anonymous said...

Ok smart ass, i've registered but
i'm still not going to vote to
Bainimarama or Khaiyum or any of their gang? Let me encourage you all to go and register! If you don't register,than you live the
spot open for someone else to take
your spot? Government could easily
bring in immigrants to vote for them? I'm doing my job by registering ,so you do the same and
don't let these asseoles win!

Anonymous said...

Valataka na Dina, the passage you cite in Revelation speaks of the need for wisdom. Many will think you're a paranoid, but it is because they lack wisdom.

My friend, I believe you are exactly right. The whole world is on the Road to Perdition and slavery, and in this sad respect, Fiji is a pacesetter.

The Heckler said...

Graham Davis, you can't be hanged for expressing your opinion in Fiji?

You can be arrested, prosecuted, spat upon, expelled, firebombed, beaten, stomped, and raped in the ass by a rifle barrel. But you can't be hanged?

I'm so relieved to hear that!

Anonymous said...

'If you really believe in democracy, you believe in the triumph of ideas and persuading other people to your cause'. Really, Graham? In the meanwhile you're the chief apologist for a regime that has one of the worst records for press freedom in the world and has spent the last eight years running from free elections? You're one funny guy!

Anonymous said...

Graham Davis,
You must be a nutcase and out of your mind. How can you say this "But it has been done legitimately and with no special treatment, as has been alleged in these columns" when nothing out of this illegal regime can be legitimate. Get this to your skull of shit - YOUR CITIZENSHIP IS ILLEGITIMATE AND ILLEGAL AS IT WAS SANCTIONED BY AN ILLEGAL REGIME - you bloody idiot. We do not need you in Fiji for you will be just a waste of space and oxygen.

Anonymous said...

Calamity, don't be so sure you can't be hanged.

Look it up. Tokyo Rose was convicted of treason for a lot less than what you've done. And Lord Haw-Haw was hanged for it.

I'm not threatening you with violence. I'm trying to save you from it.

Ask your attorney. And I don't mean Aiyaz.

s/ Dakuwaqa

Anonymous said...

Davis play the man you say. Yet your always insulting people personally. Didn't you just call everyone who posts on C4.5 sodomisers, racists, and mad just for stating our views on this site? Sure enuf see you here a lot. Whats the matter, No-one reading your blog anymore? Jone's right, your one pathetic mf.

Anonymous said...

Graham, if you're the same age as your soulmate Voceke, then you must be old and senile like him. Stop defending yourself and pretend that you don't suck up to Voceke, because your postings, more like verbal diarhoea, indicate otherwise.

Matai T said...

Like I have said before, Graham Davis is paid handsomely to throw shit on other people.

Graham Davis, you are and ass licker of Bainimarama and Khaiyum, maichodo.

You dont give a rats ass to what happens to bainimarama after 2014 elections, if it ever happens. You will just change sides, fucking whore..

There you go, I put my name..what the fuck u gonna do abt it...just dont come to fiji, bark from elsewhere, coz if u come, then I must tell you that you have mad a lot of enemies...

Graham Davis said...

Matai T and all you anonymous types. So I've made a lot of enemies by speaking my mind? What a great bunch of democrats you are. The antithesis of free speech. Tried to engage rationally with you but couldn't. So moce mada. Have a nice life.

turukawa samuyalo. said...

does anyone know graham davies address in aust? i just wanna go and sit and talanoa about good old days at the suva yatcht club and have tanoa too and few taki.

hey grahm,send me address please bhaiya kerekere..

Anonymous said...

A question for the asslicker Graham Davis. Why does it cost over 3 thousand dollars to get a Fiji passport?

Anonymous said...

Graham Davis is corrupt..He bought his fiji citizenship for 3 thousand dollars.. if I were a citizen of another country I wouldnt and never would do that cause that is corruption full stop..so no matter how he tries to make things right on fijis propaganda newspaper..it doesnt add up..Graham Davis is corrupt..

Anonymous said...

@ Graham Davis..you should stick to writing religious literature cause you are a cheap slimey journalist and you write shit..was your father a reverend or church minister??..If I were you I would be very ashamed of myself and would follow a different career path..the trouble is Im not and you are just an example of an old man that has never grew up and still is suffering the after effects of being a rebelious teenager that couldnt get out of peer pressure..you corrupt old fag..

Anonymous said...

Graham Davis is pathetic.

Armchair Psychologist said...

You did the right thing, Graham, by throwing in the towel. No sense being beaten to a bloody pulp on C4.5 when your admirers await you on your own blog.

Etuate Taito said...

Hey graham Davis, you dont speak your mind, you speak the minds of Khaiyum and his bitch, Bainimarama. Coz you are their bitch.

You are as corrupt as they are, we all here in Fiji now, know.

Makes me laugh at your intellect, by trying to tarnish C4.5 in the last saturday's Fiji Sun, you just did a free marketing for C4.5. People who did not know abt c4.5, now know, so you can go running to your masters telling them about the blunder you did...

You are a F!@#$%&*^g Moron, and a Fool, and an Asswipe to the regime. Though you might not know this, coz you are just a grubshit, let me tell you this, YOU ARE JUST A PAWN TO THE ILLEGAL REGIME, nothing more.

Vina valevu, Matai T, qo na kaivalagi sa ca tiko. Doesnt give a fuck to what happens to our country, as long as he can warm his ass in our fire.
July 7, 2012 3:19 PM

Anonymous said...

Yes, Graham, scurry back under your grubby rock to lick your wounds.

Donald Matheson, Melbourne VC said...

Graham Davis aye!!!!....Another piece of 'White Trash' looking to sniff a Dirty Dogs Ass (or Aiyass) for opportunity...hahahaha!!! Give it up will ya mate!!

Those Fijians sound like they're better educated than you are; so stop F#@king about and come back to Australia.....You're just as bad (if not worse) than these F%^ken Asylum Seekers.

Leave all that to the Fijians to sort (the real Fijians).

Anonymous said...

A pawn to the regime and a prawn to Dakuwaqa.

Anonymous said...

Graham, answer the question posed to you. Why did it cost you over 3 thousand dollars to get a Fiji passport?

Anonymous said...

Graham already answered the question. It was because he considered it more personally convenient to be an Australian than to be a Fijian, and under the law at the time he couldn't be both. So he voluntarily renounced all loyalty, faith and fealty to Fiji.

It's pretty consistent with the approach he's taking now, which is to be a Fijian whenever it's convenient, not based on any true loyalty to Fiji. It's an investment, not a commitment.

He had to pay over $3,000 because that's the rate the regime charges. He was able to persuade the regime to grant him citizenship but not to lower its fee for doing so.

It does make him liable to being held on charges of treason in Fiji when Bainimarama's dictatorship collapses, so he now has a very strong personal interest in supporting the regime.

It would be very simple for Davis to prove that his Fijian citizenship is a commitment. He need merely renounce his Australian citizenship. But he won't do so because he wants somewhere to flee to when Bainimarama falls.

Davis says that it's ridiculous for Dakuwaqa and others to warn that he can be tried and hanged for treason. That's just whistling past the graveyard. If that's how he really feels, he can prove it by renouncing his Australian citizenship. He won't, and we can well understand why he doesn't want to test the proposition.