Media reports prove the Supervisor of Elections, Mohammed Saneem, is lying when he says electoral teams never stopped counting and have been counting 24 hours non-stop.
Reports from Fiji media teams covering the election show the counting was clearly brought to a halt early this morning, without warning or explanation.
A video report from the Republika team based at the media centre shows them detailing the last results at 6am, just after Saneem announced it, with team leader Ricardo Morris saying "We'll be back when the results continue to come in towards the later part of this afternoon."
Morris also says Saneem has now 'verified the pre-polling and the postal ballot', which would be added to the total votes cast.
Updates on social media early this morning also back up reports the election office had stopped releasing results.
C4.5 was as alarmed as others to read the counting had stopped and would resume today at 4pm. It's unheard of, especially if votes are being counted electronically.
Opposition political parties today rejected the results which show Fiji First in the lead, but Saneem claims the counting had never stopped saying it had continued even when he'd gone home and during the day.
The only reason they did that is because the Electoral Office had stopped releasing results, presumably because they had stopped counting.
Because if they were still counting as he says, why weren't they passing the results on?
It appears the counting came to a halt when Fiji First had a clear lead - 60.2% per cent of the votes - the last result given out this morning at 6am, the one recorded by a tired Republika team before they bid us goodnight.
The results the media teams last publicised were the same ones circulated today - until 1pm when both reporters and the Electoral Office posted the 'latest update'.
So, why where there no results between 6am and 1pm, if votes were still being counted? Can Saneem tell us that?
Can he also tell us why the monitoring teams were not told the counting had come to a halt - as they should've been.
And can he tell us the total number of votes cast, the number of valid votes and the number of invalid votes - as well as the total number of postal votes.
The opposition parties rightfully now question the results which put Fiji First at 60.10%, SODELPA just under 26.70%, NFP at 5.6%, PDP 3.5% and FLP at 2.4%
The parties say they have evidence of coordinated and systematic electoral fraud and want the counting of all pre-polling and postal ballots suspended.
They also want the verification of provisional results, saying ballot boxes have been tampered with, removed from polling stations without being counted and large sized files have been placed in ballot boxes by opening the seals.
Both the multinational observers and the regime insist there have been no breaches but as they say watch this space.
Editor's Note: Just one provisional result was released today, the one at 1pm. Verified results are reportedly due out tomorrow (Friday).