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|CHARADE: Nailatikau and Gates perpetuate crime|
While Frank Bainimarama and Aiyaz Sayed Khaiyum refuse to open the books and use decrees and guns to intimidate citizens, they've manufactured even more edicts to give it the upper hand in the 2014 elections.
The regime has today said Fiji's political parties need to have 20 signatures on its application to re-register, and one of them must be the party secretary. It also says the application must be accompanied by the signatures of 180 supporters. The kicker is this one: political leaders will have to declare their assets and liabilities.
Bainimarama, Khaiyum and other regime members meanwhile refuse to make public THEIR salaries and assets, built up from backhanders from Chinese deals and other perks they've given themselves since the coup in 2006.
The thuggery machinery today got a new lease of life with the regime reappointing Epeli Nailatikau president for another three years. Nailatikau, who was sworn in under the Executive Authority Decree by another treasonous member of the illegal government, Anthony Gates, has been signing off the regime's decrees since 2009.
Continuing disquiet meanwhile over the Constitution process and the 2014 elections.
The regime last week deemed 1300 votes from its recent EVR campaign 'suspicious' yet it has kicked off 'phase two'.
Permanent Secretary for Elections, Mere Vuniwaqa, says the latest registrations will give those who have already registered the opportunity to 'verify information on the provisional roll.'
“Close to half a million Fijians have already registered to vote in the 2014 elections. We now need these individuals to help us produce an accurate voter list by checking their information and making any necessary corrections.
“Fijians who registered to voter during the first phase of registration are also encouraged to visit a designated registration centre to examine the provisional voter roll to see if their personal information has been entered correctly.”
Registrations doubled up the first time around because the enrolment teams were using standalone laptops that were never connected to a central database.
A local who has been tracking the registrations says a proper programme would have cost the regime a lot less than the Canadian system it bought.
"All registration laptops should've been connected via a mobile network, eg Vodafone, or via the web. That way duplicates can be checked. The EVR campaign was really only a way for the regime to collect names for election campaign purposes."