Fiji

Fiji Election Result Update: 7am (fiji time)

Samisoni Pareti
Sat 20 Sep 2014 -

Counting in Fiji's general elections enters its third day at the capital's largest indoor sports complex located in the capital Suva, with progress of the count to be released throughout today, (Saturday 20th September).

Parties refuse to accept election defeat

By Samisoni Pareti
Thu 18 Sep 2014 -

Five political parties that took part in the country’s general elections say they won’t accept the outcome of the elections and has called on the authorities to suspend vote count until their complaints are investigated.

International observers declare Fiji elections “credible”

By Samisoni Pareti
Thu 18 Sep 2014 -

The international group of electoral observers has declared as “credible” Fiji’s general elections, the result of which will see the election into a four-year term of the island country’s Prime Minister and Leader of the Fiji First Party, Frank Bainimarama.

Frank Bainimarama’s Party poises for Fiji election win

Thu 18 Sep 2014 -

SUVA, Fiji --- Provisional results from Fiji’s general elections show Frank Bainimarama’s Fiji First Party at a comfortable lead and his party is most likely to form the next elected government of this Pacific island nation.

Frank Bainimarama’s Party poises for Fiji election win

Samisoni Pareti
Thu 18 Sep 2014 -

Provisional results from Fiji’s general elections show Frank Bainimarama’s Fiji First Party at a comfortable lead and his party is most likely to form the next elected government of this Pacific island nation.

Fiji Elections Over

Samisoni Pareti
Wed 17 Sep 2014 -

Fiji’s elections chief says progress results of the counting of votes in Fiji’s general elections should be available from 9pm (fiji time) tonight.

284 Police officers on standby, 389 deployed for Fiji election

Tue 16 Sep 2014 -

SUVA, Fiji --- The Fiji Police Force has deployed 389 police officers around the country with two assistant commissioners being sent to head the Northern and Western Division respectively as part of their Election Operations.

Ballot rush

FIJI TIMES/PACNEWS
Mon 15 Sep 2014 -

SUVA, FIJI --- The Fijian Elections Office has sounded a reminder to people to send their postal ballot papers on time.

Multinational Observer Group clarifies role

Mon 15 Sep 2014 -

SUVA, Fiji --- The Multinational Observer Group members have attended a range of electoral events and met with election officials, politicians, media organizations, civil society, police and voters.

Zero tolerance on Electoral decree breaches

Mon 15 Sep 2014 -

SUVA, Fiji --- The Fiji Police Force has implemented a zero tolerance approach on Electoral decree breaches.

Tuesday declared thanksgiving day for the release of Fijian soldiers

Mon 15 Sep 2014 -

SUVA, Fiji --- A National Day of Thanksgiving has been declared for Tuesday, September 16, for the nation to commemorate the release of the 45 Fijian United Nations Peacekeepers in Syria.

Restrictions on Fijian election coverage

Samisoni Pareti
Thu 11 Sep 2014 -

Authorities in Fiji have reminded media organisations about laws covering the country’s general elections scheduled for Wednesday next week.

Chaotic Voting in Lau

Samisoni Pareti
Wed 10 Sep 2014 -

Reports from Fiji’s eastern-most province of Lau speak of a chaotic polling schedule where polling officials have arrived un-scheduled to villages.

Genuine democracry vital

Tue 09 Sep 2014 -

SUVA, Fiji----Without a genuine democracy, we cannot build our country, says Fiji National Federation Party leader Professor Biman Prasad.

Soldiers have voted

Samisoni Pareti
Tue 09 Sep 2014 -

The Multinational Observer Group -- in Fiji to observe the country's general elections -- says many soldiers turned up on Monday to cast their postal votes.

Lack of ballot papers prompts second election visit

Fri 05 Sep 2014 -

SUVA, Fiji ------The Fijian Elections office will be making a second visit to Yasawa village in Cakaudrove for voters who were unable to vote Thursday because of a shortage of ballot papers.

Couple 'forced' to vote

Thu 04 Sep 2014 -

SUVA, Fiji ---- An elderly couple in Fiji was allegedly misled Wednesday by a courier company employee into voting for someone whom they did not want to vote for.

More than 8000 people vote in Fiji pre-polling

Thu 04 Sep 2014 -

SUVA, Fiji ----More than 8000 people in total made use of pre-polling centers at the close of day one.

Fiji military needs to reassess Golan role, says Rabuka

Thu 04 Sep 2014 -

SUVA, Fiji -----A former Prime Minister and military commander of Fiji says it would be ill-advised to withdraw troops from the Golan Heights, but the military needs to reassess its role after last week's capture of 45 soldiers by Syrian rebels.

Fiji Police on guard as postal ballots come in

Tue 02 Sep 2014 -

SUVA, Fiji ----- The Fijian Elections Office has started receiving ballot papers sent in by those who registered to vote by post.

Report highlights a bright future for Fiji mother-of-pearl jewellery and handicrafts

Tue 02 Sep 2014 -

SUVA, Fiji ---- PARDI researcher, University of Adelaide Research Associate, Theo Simos, has released an update report outlining how research, artistry and training in Fiji is unlocking the region’s mother-of-pearl (MOP) jewellery and handicraft industry’s income potential and may provide new employment opportunities in the region.

44 more Fijian soldiers to be deployed to Golan

Mon 01 Sep 2014 -

SUVA,Fiji ---- Fiji's military has started selection of soldiers to replace the 44 Fijian peacekeepers who are captives of Islamist militants in the Golan Heights.

September 2014

Time runs out for Samoan airline’s Fiji domestic bid

Samisoni Pareti

Fiji’s Air Transport Licensing Board has made a startling revelation surrounding American Samoa based airline Inter Island Airways’ much awaited entry into Fiji’s domestic air transport market. ATLB Chairman Ernest Dutta says the airline was granted a one year provisional licence in November 2012 to operate domestic flights in Fiji. ...

'It's in our DNA to conserve the ocean'

Samisoni Pareti, Editor-in-Chief, Islands Business magazine
Sun 31 Aug 2014 -

Two days before world leaders begin their weeklong conference on sustainable development in this Pacific island nation, small island developing states have been inspired to follow the lead of countries like the Cook Islands, Kiribati and Palau in turning most if not a large part of their oceans marine reserves.

Bank report identifies political interference in state companies

Samisoni Pareti In Apia, Samoa.
Sat 30 Aug 2014 -

The Asian Development Bank today released a damming report on the poor performance of state owned enterprises in a number of Pacific Island economies, singling out political interference as a major contributing factor.