Politics

Lynda Tabuya. Picture: JOVESA NAISUA

Ensure women’s voices and issues are well represented, FWRM urges women MP-elects

THE 10 female candidates who would be sworn-in as Members of Parliament soon have been encouraged to ensure the voices and issues of women are well represented in the House. The call was made by...

FEO app to include data on Government distribution boundaries

THE Fijian Election Office (FEO) app will soon include another tab that will list the data based on the Government distribution boundaries. During a press conference this afternoon, Supervisor of Elections Mohammed Saneem said the FEO app presently gave people the breakdown of statistics based on the FEO administrative areas. “We will be updating the...

Luveni could continue role as Speaker of Parliament

INDICATIONS are that Dr Jiko Luveni would continue her role as the Speaker of Parliament. The Fiji Times understands that discussions on the Speaker of Parliament had started following the swearing-in of FijiFirst party leader Voreqe Bainimarama as Prime Minister for his second term at the State House today. Under the 2013 Constitution, the candidates,...

FijiFirst party leader Bainimarama sworn in as PM for second term

FijiFirst party leader Voreqe Bainimarama was sworn in as Prime Minister for the second term at the State House in Suva this morning. Mr Bainimarama vowed to serve the people of Fiji. He said voters of the 2018 general election had shown that they wanted a government that doesn’t want discrimination. This,  he said resulted in...

MOG to continue engagements

THE Multinational Observer Group (MOG) will continue to welcome engagement with stakeholders as the views of all Fijians are important to them. MOG co-chair Jane Prentice said the MOG attended the announcement of the final results of the 2018 General Election and the Returning of the Election Writ on Sunday, and they were now working...

Rabuka: Expect robust debates

SOCIAL Democratic Liberal Party leader Sitiveni Rabuka says Fijians should expect robust discussions from SODELPA when they enter Parliament. The former prime minister said they knew they would be representing almost 50 per cent of the voting population in Parliament. The party received the second highest votes of 181,072, equivalent to 39.85 per cent of...

Bainimarama: We will unite Fiji

“WE will not discriminate against anyone, we will help and grow all, we will unite Fiji despite the poisoning of minds and we will build a country where we all become truly proud and progressive citizens.” That’s the word from Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama whose FijiFirst party will form government after winning the 2018 General...

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama leaving parliament with his body guards during a break in the sitting at the parliament complex in Suva yesterday. Picture: JOVESA NAISUA

Bainimarama to be sworn in today as PM for the next four years

FIJIFIRST leader Voreqe Bainimarama will be sworn in as the Fijian Prime Minister, serving his second term for another four years. Mr Bainimarama stays after he and his party won the 2018 General Election with about 50 percent of total votes, as announced by the Fijian Elections Office on Sunday. This earned FijiFirst 27 of 51...

2018 General Election: SODELPA caucus to meet, decide on Opposition Leader

THE Social Democratic Liberal Party caucus will meet in two days’ time to decide on the Opposition Leader for the new Parliament term. SODELPA leader Sitiveni Rabuka confirmed this, saying that Fijians should expect an effective Opposition from the SODELPA members who would make up 21 seats of the 24-member Opposition. SODELPA polled the second...

2018 General Election: MOG to compile final report

THE Multinational Observer Group (MOG) is continuing its work to compile the final report on the 2018 General Election. MOG co-chair Jane Prentice said although these important processes were now complete, the MOG’s work was ongoing. “While the vote, count and results are now finalised, we will be continuing to work on the MOG’s final...

Opposition MP's Semesa Karavaki and Biman Prasad leave parliament during a break in the sitting yesterday. Picture: JOVESA NAISUA

2018 General Election: Former MP thanks supporters

FORMER Social Democratic Liberal Party (SODELPA) Member of Parliament Semesa Karavaki has acknowledged all his supporters that stood by him during the 2018 General Election. The outspoken MP among other former MPs who did not make into Parliament after the general election this year. Mr Karavaki lost 2807 votes this time when compared with the...

SODELPA leader Sitiveni Rabuka speaking during the press conferencea at the SODELPA head office in Suva yesterday. Picture: JOVESA NAISUA

Rabuka: Fiji’s coup politicians should quit

SUVA (RNZ PACIFIC) – It is time for Fiji’s coup leaders to step away from politics, Social Democratic Liberal Party (SODELPA) leader and instigator of the 1987 military coups Sitiveni Rabuka has said. Fiji’s election, which gave another four year term to the FijiFirst party in results announced yesterday, was seen as a battle between...

19th November

I am proud to become your Prime Minister once again: Bainimarama

“I AM proud to become your Prime Minister once again, a Prime Minister of all who call Fiji home.” That’s the word from Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama whose FijiFirst party won government following the conclusion of the 2018 General Election yesterday. “We will not discriminate against anyone, we will help and grow all, we will...

10 women make it to Parliament

THE new Parliament make-up includes 10 women. This comprise five in Government and five in the Opposition. Premila Kumar, Selai Adimaitoga, Veena Bhatnagar, Mereseini Vuniwaqa and Rosy Akbar will make up the 27-member FijiFirst led Government while, Social Democratic Liberal Party members Lynda Tabuya, Ro Teimumu Kepa, Salote Radrodro, Adi Litia Qionibaravi and National Federation...

FijiFirst party attracts most votes from the West

THE FijiFirst party attracted their highest votes from the Western Division, accounting for 40.44 per cent (91,902) of their 227,241 votes in the 2018 General Election. The Voreqe Bainimarama led-party received 65,901 votes from the Central Division, accounting for 29 per cent, 34,291 votes from the Eastern Division making up 15.09 per cent and 31,073...

Sayed-Khaiyum thanks Bainimarama

FIJIFIRST party general secretary Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum says the Prime Minister and FijiFirst party leader Voreqe Bainimarama has proven his statement in winning the 2018 General Election. For that, Mr Sayed-Khaiyum has congratulated and thanked Mr Bainimarama. “You can see that our leader and the FijiFirst took a very principled position in respect of the elections...

President calls for togetherness

DEMOCRACY is something that we must protect, nourish and improve over time, says President Jioji Konrote. While speaking at the official return of the writ for election by the Fijian Electoral Commission chairperson Suresh Chandra at the Grand Pacific Hotel in Suva yesterday, Mr Konrote said it was his prayer that Fijians would stay true...

Governments vow to continue support

FOREIGN governments have vowed to continue strengthening bilateral relations with Fiji after the re-election of the FijiFirst party to lead government for another four years. Australian High Commissioner to Fiji John Feakes congratulated the Fijian people and the Fijian Elections Office for the successful conduct of the 2018 General Election and said the Australian government...

18th November

2018 General Election: President receives the Writ of Election

THE Electoral Commission chairperson Suresh Chandra submitted the Writ of Election to the President Jioji Konrote this afternoon at the Grand Pacific Hotel. In receiving the Writ of Election, Mr Konrote acknowledged the Supervisor of Elections Mohammed Saneem for a job well done. “I have followed the voting processes on polling day very closely and...

2018 General Election: NFP trio to join Opposition

THE National Federation Party, the third highest political party to receive votes for the 2018 General Election totaling  33, 515 will join and form the Opposition for the next parliament term of four years. The party which received 7.38 percent of the total votes cast secured three parliamentary seats. The three NFP candidates for parliament...

2018 General Election: SODELPA secures 21 seats

THE Social Democratic Liberal Party received a total of 181,072 votes and has secure 21 seats in the Fijian parliament for the next four years. SODELPA which received 39.85 percent of the total votes will be the main Opposition party apart from the National Federation Party. The Opposition leader is likely to be chosen from...

2018 General Election: FijiFirst secures 27 seats to form government

THE FijiFirst party has secured 27 seats that have enabled the party to form the next government for the next four years. The party has received 227,241 votes for the 2018 general elections results which is 50.02 percent of the total votes. The FijiFirst candidates that will form government are: Voreqe Bainimarama Aiyaz Sayed‑Khaiyum Alipate...

2018 General Election: Commission deliberate on seat allocation

THE Electoral Commission have retired to go and deliberate and allocate seats for the 51 member Parliament. Members of the diplomatic corps, Speaker of Parliament Dr Jiko Luveni and members of the Multinational Observer Group are still at the National Results Centre awaiting the commission’s deliberation. Meanwhile, the FijiFirst party will lead the country for...

2018 General Election: FijiFirst wins and will form next government

THE FijiFirst party will govern for another four years after receiving the highest number of votes in the 2018 General Election. FFP recorded 227,241 votes followed by the Social Democratic Liberal Party in second place with 181,072 votes while the National Federation Party came third with 33515 votes. NFP and SODELPA will form the Opposition...

2018 General Election: Political parties intend to challenge poll result

OPPOSITION political parties are intending to challenge the result of the 2018 General Election. SODELPA candidate and general secretary Adi Litia Qionibaravi has revealed that political party leaders are meeting as they intend to challenge the results of the 2018 General Election. This announcement was made at the SODELPA party tent outside the counting centre...

2018 General Election: Ballot boxes arrive from Taveuni and Ovalau

BALLOT boxes from Taveuni and Ovalau have just arrived at the National Counting Centre at 11:45am today. As of now 201 polling stations are left to be accounted for which includes these ballot boxes that have just arrived. Latest result update indicates that Fiji First Party maintains its lead with 205831 votes or 50.06 per...

2018 General Election: Final results from 1972 polling stations

FIJIFIRST party maintains its lead with party votes at 205,831 votes from 1972 stations according to the latest update released by the Fijian Elections Office at 11:04am today. SODELPA is still in second place with 163,553 votes and the National Federation Party at third place with 30,457 votes. Unity Fiji party is in fourth place...

2018 General Election: Concerns raised over poll results

LEADERS of four opposition political parties have raised their concerns, claiming there was a mismatch between the Protocol of Results and the results being released by the Fijian Elections Office app. Leader of the Social Democratic Liberal Party Sitiveni Rabuka, National Federation Party’s Professor Biman Prasad, Fiji Labour Party’s Mahendra Chaudhry and Unity Fiji party’s...

2018 General Election: 24 hours to finalise outcome

THE Fijian Elections Office has 24 hours from this morning to finalise the results of the 2018 General Election. Supervisor of Elections Mohammed Saneem said the FEO was mandated under the Electoral Act to tabulate the results within 24 hours of the receipt of the final Protocol of Results from the polling stations. The final...

2018 General Election: Saneem pleads with voters

SUPERVISOR of Elections Mohammed Saneem has pleaded with voters to wait for all the stations results to be entered to the Fijian Elections Office app before making a conclusive statement on the final results. Mr Saneem made this comment after he raised concerns on numerous queries on social media about voters vote not present at...

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