‘Desperate attempt to deflect from bad publicity’
25 September, 2022, 11:36 am
Attacking the “Rock The Vote Fiji” campaign was an attempt to shift people’s attention away from the issue surrounding Prime Minister’s son, Meli Bainimarama in Australia.
This, according to The People’s Alliance party provisional candidate, Lynda Tabuya during a media conference in Nadera, Nasinu yesterday.
She said it showed a desperate attempt to deflect from the bad publicity from what had happened in Australia.
She said “Rock the Vote” were not in competition with the Fijian Elections Office but what they did was to simply support their work.
As, a public figure, Ms Tabuya said she felt it was her responsibility to take out the message to people to vote in the general election in support of the FEO work.
“This is not about me, this is about the desperate attempt by a desperate man, the Attorney-General who is the general secretary of the FijiFirst party (FFP), to try and deflect and drown out the bad publicity against FijiFirst which his buddies in VATIS they don’t know how to deal with.”
She said Mr Sayed-Khaiyum’s job was on the line as “this is the same Attorney-General, the general secretary of the FijiFirst party who lost six seats to Rabuka in the last elections”.
“So I appeal to the members of the media not to be distracted or be deflected by what the reality is on the ground and that the people are calling change.”
During a media conference in Suva, Supervisor of Elections Mohammed Saneem said an assessment by FEO saw that “Rock the Vote Fiji” “purely existed to promote the election of Lynda Tabuya and other representatives of The People’s Alliance”.
“In this case, it is noted that senior officials of The People’s Alliance have actively participated by either donating money or hosting events via this organisation,” he said.
He said Rock the Vote Fiji was referred to FICAC for breach of the Political Parties (registration, conduct, funding and disclosures) Act.