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Live-streaming for the Fiji election final tally from Republika magazine

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Live-streaming from Republika magazine

pacificfijielections logo 200wideRepublika Magazine has provided a live-streaming feed from the Fijian Elections Centre late this afternoon for the final tally in the Fiji general election.

Editor Ricardo Morris and colleagues made the commentary.

Live-streaming at 5.30pm today. Read more »

Fiji poll officials seek more proof as Bainimarama leads final count

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United Front for a Democratic Fiji coordinator Mick Beddoes presents evidence to support allegations of electoral fraud in Fiji. Image: Republika

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Election authorities in Fiji say they will consider allegations of irregularities in Wednesday’s ballot but are not satisfied with documents provided so far, reports Radio New Zealand International.

pacificfijielections logo 200wideThe Supervisor of Elections, Mohammed Saneem, has confirmed receiving papers, including photos and a copy of a ballot paper from a group of five political parties, which have made allegations of “systematic fraud”.

After a count of 334,313 votes in the final tally, coup leader Voreqe Bainimarama had a dominating lead of  193,281 votes – or almost 58 percent of the total votes counted.

The group, which does not include Fiji First, says the photos show unsecured ballot papers in a car boot and they are documenting 50 more cases including evidence of one village polling station that was never set up. Read more »

MIDA calls for media ‘balance’ over poll rigging allegations

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MIDA chair Ashwin Raj … considering revoking accreditation for some foreign media. Image: Fiji TV

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Report – By Pacific Media Watch

Media Industry Development Authority (MIDA) chairman Ashwin Raj has criticised some reporting of alleged discrepancies in Fiji’s election results and has called for more balance, The Fiji Times reports..

pacificfijielections logo 200wideRaj said it was discouraging that some media stories about the election counting process seemed unbalanced.

“I’m particularly concerned that they’ve taken the statements of a few political parties and gone ahead with [these] without necessarily attaining the views of the Supervisor of Elections, the Electoral Commission or the MOG [Multinational Observer Group],” he said.

Given the sensitivity of this year’s election, it was important that reports were balanced, Raj said. Read more »

Five Fiji political parties show evidence of alleged election ‘irregularities’

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United Front for a Democratic Fiji coordinator Mick Beddoes presents evidence to support allegations of electoral fraud in Fiji. Image: Republika

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Report – By Mads Anneberg and Hossana Kabakoro in Suva

Five political party leaders have tonight presented photographs and pre-marked ballot papers among 50 alleged incidents, which they claim proves “irregularities” in the Fiji general election.

pacificfijielections logo 200wideSpeaking on behalf of the parties, People’s Democratic Party (PDP) president Lynda Tabuya told the news media that they believed these incidents were serious enough to have affected the outcome of the election.

And the claims “warranted an investigation”.

In a statement, the five parties alleged a black Kia Sorento SUV motor vehicle claimed to be registered to Tappoos Limited was photographed with a load of unsecured ballot papers at St Andrews School, Nadi, carpark about 3pm on polling day. Read more »

Fiji media lobby group chief condemns abusive attack on SODELPA leader

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Report – By Thomas Carnegie in Auckland

Fijian Media Association president Ricardo Morris today condemned the actions on social media of a radio host from Communications Fiji Limited.

pacificfijielections logo 200wideThe host, who was not named, reportedly used abusive language to express his thoughts on SODELPA leader Ro Teimumu Kepa, whose party has apparently been defeated by the Fiji First party of coup leader and Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama.

The association appealed to the host and the news media organisation that employs him to immediately issue a public apology to Ro Teimumu Kepa.

The social media abuse message against Ro Teimumu has since been removed. Read more »

Live blog – Day 3: Officials release final poll figures – big Bainimarama win tipped

Supervisor of Elections Mohammed Saneem reacts to vote-rigging claims by opposition parties. Video: Repúblika

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Report – By Alistar Star and Mads Anneberg in Suva, and Thomas Carnegie in Auckland

Fiji’s Supervisor of Elections Mohammed Saneem began announcing the final results from the general election today and little was expected to change from the provisional figures giving Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama a decisive majority.

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Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama casting his vote in Suva on Wednesday. Image: Repúblika

The first batch of final results from the Wednesday election were released at the Fiji Elections Centre just after 2pm.

The results were being released one polling station at a time. There are 2025 polling station results to be announced and it is expected the first 500 will be reached later this evening.

Saneem said the election office would continue to announce results this afternoon until they were completed. Read more »

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Police special response unit on watch as Fiji election results awaited

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Electoral Commission Chairman Chen Bunn Young and Supervisor of Elections Mohammed Saneem in Suva today. Image: FBCTV

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Police officers from Fiji’s Special Response Unit were providing security at the FMF Gymnasium and Vodafone Arena today as preparations for the announcement of the final results from Wednesday’s general election continued, reports The Fiji Times.

pacificfijielections logo 200wideSpokeswoman Ana Naisoro confirmed this, saying this was the same in other count centres in major divisions around the country.

Electoral Commission chairman Chen Bunn Young was expected to call a press conference soon.

Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has congratulated Fiji for holding the elections – the first since the military coup in 2006. Read more »

Final results in Fiji election set for today

A wrap-up of the Fiji election last night from the Republika Magazine team, including Pacific Scoop’s Mads Anneberg.

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The final results of the Fiji general election – the first vote in almost eight years since the 2006 military coup – are expected to be announced today.

pacificfijielections logo 200wideSupervisor of Elections Mohammed Saneem has confirmed this to The Fiji Times, the newspaper reported today.

Saneem said there would not be any more announcements of provisional results.

He said preparations were underway for the announcement of the winners and the number of votes each candidate received at all polling stations around the country. Read more »

Fiji election on track to represent ‘will of the Fijian voters’, says MOG

Pacific Scoop’s Alistar Kata reports on the MOG media conference in Suva today.

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Report – By Alistar Kata in Suva

The Fiji general election is on track with representing “the will of the Fijian voters”, says the Multinational Observer Group.

pacificfijielections logo 200wideAt a press conference today, former Australian cabinet minister Peter Reith alongside other co-leaders of the group said, by their observations, the elections were “embraced”.

“The 2014 Fijian Election, the first election since 2006, was enthusiastically embraced by the voters of Fiji who were keen to participate in the democratic process,” he said.

“The election was conducted in an atmosphere of calm, with an absence of electoral misconduct or evident intimidation”. Read more »

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