Electoral Commission criticised on silence over vandalism attacks

By: Mika Loga

 

Fiji First 1The Fiji First Party has questioned the Electoral Commission’s ability to keep an eye on what it describes as certain actions that maybe politically motivated and criminally wrong.

The Commission came under fire from the Fiji First Party today on its failure to speak out on allegations of  tempering with party stickers on taxis and vehicles, as well as vandalism of  those properties with stones.

Fiji First General Secretary Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum says, the party has also received complaints of graffiti over party photos in Labasa, which also have swear words on them, with other writings, asking people to vote for other parties.

Sayed-Khaiyum was also concerned with lack of media attention to these issues as well the involvement of  certain LTA and Police officers on some of  them, which he says, their actions could be politically motivated.

“These are the sort of things taking place, the type of thuggary slowly creeping in..whether its an indication  where some of the political parties are getting desperate and want to resort to violence and that type of thuggary to intimidate people, I think is something the Electoral Commission needs to come out and speak out against..it needs to proactively with the Police Force or  whoever the security agencies are”.

Sayed-Khaiyum further raised concerns over a political poster seen on a bust stop, saying that is a public place.

“We’ve also been told for example a poster somewhere in Sigatoka where a political party candidate has put up a poster on a bus stand or bus stop..that is a public place”.

Sayed-Khaiyum says, his raised the concerns with the Chairman of  the Electoral Commission by phone.

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