|Appropriate for Fiji: picture doing the rounds on Facebook.|
Less than five months out from voting and the Supervisor of Elections, Mohammed Saneem, continues to release meagre information, showing the regime is either not ready for the big day or it is making decisions as it goes.
Alarmingly, the most crucial information will only be released to the political parties and their candidates - and voters - just weeks out from the actual voting day.
Fiji Village has today squirrelled out of Mohammed Saneem that his Office is still fiddling around with fonts and sizes for a ballot paper that can accommodate the numbers of 300 candidates.
Incredibly, as dictated by the Electoral Decree the ballot paper will not carry the names of candidates, or their parties or the party colours, just the number they are allocated in place of their name.
In what the regime insists is a fair format, these numbers will start from 135 (why this one?) and be drawn from a barrel.
The final candidates list and their numbers will be made available on Monday August 25, 21 days out from the election day of Wednesday, September 17.
Is this fair to candidates and voters? In most elections, candidates and their parties, have anything from six months to three years to campaign and build a support base with the electorate.
Yet, Fiji political parties will have just weeks to promote their numbers and voters will have just weeks to memorise the number of their candidate, a major undertaking for many people.
Bainimarama, who has used the opening of the secretariat of the Pacific Forum Development to flex his muscles by making a big deal about Fiji not rejoining the Pacific Islands Forum unless New Zealand and Australia quit, has been campaigning freely under F1 and the question is: what number is he likely to get and how random will it be?
Political parties have asked for at least their party colours to be included in the paper but no ruling has been made on this. Why not? Shouldn't this have already been decided?