Tuesday, September 06, 2011

Illegal Regime Reveals Fiji Voter Registration Plans to Melanesian Mates First

Posted on Coup Four Point Five - 06 September 2011



BLOCKING ROAD TO DEMOCRACY
The regime has announced that voter registration will start early next year, with Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum saying expressions of interest for companies experienced in electronic voter registration will get underway tomorrow.

This is, of course, for the phantom 2014 elections!
But typical of the unelected government, the proposal was revealed LAST to the people of Fiji and FIRST to the delegates from the visiting Melanesian countries attending last week's Engaging with the Pacific meeting in Nadi.

The reason for doing that of course is simple: the regime has the local population in a choker hold and doesn't have to woo it - like it does its neighbours, especially the Melanesian countries who this week led the call for Fiji to be re-admitted to the Pacific Islands Forum.
In a document obtained by Coupfourpointfive from last week's Nadi meeting, the self-appointed prime minister, Frank Bainimarama and the deputy secretary of the Strategic Framework for Change, Edward Tunidau, revealed details of voter registration as part of a regime report on its so-called roadmap. 
The document (which we're printing in part only at this stage) detailed also the regime's 'progress' with the media decrees, public service reforms, land reform, investment and health.

Frank Bainimarama: Update on Fiji's roadmap

As we all know good governance is a prerequisite for sustainable development and economic growth. This in turn will require improved political, economic and social conditions and mechanisms for stability, safety and inclusive governance. The challenge is to develop approaches that promote an inclusive electoral and parliamentary process in an environment where key security and government principles and values are constantly involved.
In our first EWTP meeting last year, my officials gave a preview on how Fiji is addressing these issues through the Roadmap for Democracy and Sustainable Economic Development 2009 to 2014.
Today we will have the deputy secretary in the Strategic Framework for Change (SFC) co-ordinating office, who is charged with overseeing the implementation of the Roadmap to update us with progress that has taken place in the past 12 months

Mr Edward Tunidau
Strategic Framework For Change was announced by PM in 2009 - it is a blueprint for development as indicated from 2009 to 2014 and it is in 2 phases

The 1st phase from 2009 to 2012 focuses on the economic and social development
2nd phase from 2012 to 2014 focuses on constitution development and general elections

The SFC initiative and all the reforms all originated from the Peoples Charter for Change Peace and Progress consultations. Initiative was launched in October 2010. It was launched to produce a comprehensive, fact-based, diagnostic, forward-looking report on the state of the nation.
The findings and recommendations to address the challenges facing Fiji as contained in this report and extensive consultations undertaken at the local, community, and national level formed the basis of the preparation of the draft Peoples Charter.
The Peoples Charter process was a nation-wide inclusive and participatory process. It represents Fiji's own way of addressing its deep-rooted, complex and fundamental problems. The NCBBF had received very strong broad-based support from the people of Fiji for the draft Peoples Charter with an acceptance rate of 64%.

It is on the basis of such a feedback from the people of Fiji that the NCBBF finalised the draft document and submitted this - The Peoples Charter for Change peace and Progress to his excellency the late President of Fiji in December 2008 for endorsement.

The vision of the Peoples Charter has never changed. It is still building a better Fiji for all with the overarching objectives to rebuild Fiji into an all-racial, culturally vibrant and united, well governed, truly democratic nation.

A nation that seeks progress and prosperity through merit based actuality of opportunity and peace and is guided by the following principles.

One of the main objectives of the Peoples Charter is to commit future governments to addressing the critical problems affecting the country rather than diverting resources to other, essentially, non-priority areas.

The key pillars of the Peoples Charter are set out in the PC as a foundation for the rebuilding of Fiji as a nation
These pillars are broad-based strategies and objectives of the pillars are further cascaded and detailed into the SFC which operationalises core strategies in the roadmap.

The SFC has 3 sectors
We will have a look at the governance sector we'll focus on the strategic priorities in this sector which government is currently working on.

The constitution will be developed by September 2013, the formulation will commence in September 2012. In terms of the electoral reform - elections will be held under a new electoral system - the open list system as  recommended by the NCBBF.

Currently, we are conducting registration awareness and the pilot test of voter registration centres around the country. Point to note-the electoral voter registrations begin next year.

In terms of accountability and transparency - high on the agenda is the removal of systemic corruption, which FICAC is fully functional with 39 convictions to date.

Fiji has ratified the United nations Convention Against Corruption in May 2008
In 2009 Fiji volunteered to be part of the pilot review in which we facilitated a visit from a delegation of experts from France and Serbia for the purpose of assessing Fiji's compliance with UNCAC.

Again in 2011, Fiji volunteered to be reviewed in the first cycle of the review mechanism. As such, Fiji has been reviewed by the USA and Bangladesh.  Fiji has also been approached and has agreed to be a reviewer during this review cycle- we'll be reviewing Timor-Leste later next year.

Modelled on the NSW system in Australia - the legal practitioners decree imported new definitions of professional conduct from Queensland in Australia and due process to be carried out by establishing the Independent Legal Services Commission as a disciplinary body for the legal profession.

The creation of this independent body created a transparent and independent system to look into consumer grievances and other complaints against the conduct of lawyers.
This contributed to tangible and practicle systems of law, as it applied to lawyers.


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