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Former Native Land Trust Board member, Keni Dakuidreketi, has been sentenced to six years in jail, but the conviction reeks.
|Convicted. Keni Dakuidreketi (right).|
Dakuidreketi pleaded not guilty but was convicted, along with general manager, Kalivati Bakani, who had pleaded guilty earlier.
Many believe Dakuidreketi was merely trying to help NLTB upgrade its computer system so they could keep track of rents owed and rents paid.
But as has been the case with the FICAC driven prosecutions, the outcome was decided before the hearing.
Cross to next month's dubious election and political parties are rushing to register their candidates before the deadline passes on Monday at midday.
Not unexpectedly, they're having to rope in whoever they can to make up the numbers.
All seven parties are aiming to put up 50 candidates, although the smaller ones will struggle to find strong people and the unheard of $1,000 registration fee.
Both the Peoples Democratic Party and the National Federation Party have been busy promoting their latest candidates, including youth, one of whom is just 23 years old.
The Fiji United Party is expected to reveal its team on Monday while the regime-led Fiji First party was due to name the rest of its team today, as was the One Fiji Party.
Most of the Fiji First candidates have been hand picked by the illegal attorney general, Aiyaz Sayed Khaiyum: 3 RFMF officers are believed to be on the list.
The Fiji Labour Party has already named 39 candidates and can now proceed with the rest with party leader, Mahendra Chaudhry, firmly ruled out after losing his appeal this week.
Chaudhry was found guilty of currency offences in April but is holding tight to the party leadership reins.
SODELPA has already named its 50 candidates and has been focusing on what it says is 'face-to-face communication on what is now the last lap home at full speed, as Fiji First and their one constituency model is giving us an opening to pull the mat from under their feet.'
"We were at Wailekutu the other night and were informed the villagers were asked to got to Kalekana to listen to the Fiji First team," says an insider.
"One of the voters asked how would they know who to vote for because they do not know the candidate under this one constituency. The reply was "just vote for any Fiji First candidate number.
"This is a welcome 'opportunity' for us. Our candidates are selected from and by local communities, within the one constituency boundaries.
"The advantages are the voters know their candidates because of better relationships and service to the people."