The Chairperson of the Electoral Commission,
Members of the Diplomatic Corp,
Members of the Media.
Bula vinaka ladies and gentlemen.
I’d like to begin by thanking the Chairperson for his statement and remarks, it is greatly encouraging to receive such a statement from the boss in the morning as we proceed to another important week this week ladies and gentlemen.
From our part, the Fijian Election Office has ensured that all our goals and outcomes are not only focused on the better delivery of the 2018 General Election but also sets the foundation for an improved election in the future.
It’s about time we Fijians stop discouraging ourselves from thinking that we are too far behind or that we cannot achieve something just because we are from the tiny dot in the world map.
I refuse to subscribe to this line of thought and anyone who pushes this idea.
Ladies and gentlemen, this morning we have proven that if you set your mind beyond your comfort zone you achieve anything.
I still remember the day I had the idea discussed with Vijendra and his response was – “Yes, I can do it.”
Congratulations Vijendra, it’s in our hands literally and you have done it. Thank you.
The website idea also started from the famous whiteboard at the office where majority of the initiatives has taken shape from squares and text on a whiteboard – the possibilities have become endless.
Nathienial has pulled through very well and here we are ladies and gentlemen, we have a result website that can allow anyone who accesses it direct results at their comfort.
We have now progressed from the traditional result announcement on the media onto more direct accessible and available platforms.
Considering 40% of our population are below the age of 40, these will become the initiative of today for the future.
I am also very thankful to the team that work tirelessly in compiling the special edition of the Lavetiviti. My sincere thanks to Mario, Lynette, Shivika, Elesi, James, Jiuta, Darshani, Edwin, Arin, Shane, Riaz, Shelvin and everyone else who pitched in to have this publication ready.
I am sure it will make healthy reading particularly for our observers.
This morning we have also launched the live feed of our warehouse facility.
We had previously announced that there will be various locations that will be under guard and cameras will be placed to be live 24/7 on the internet so that you can also view the stored ballot
boxes from your mobile phones or your personal computers.
The live feed that we demo to you today will be placed on the Count Centre, Result Centre as well as the packing arena as we have advised.
We want Fijians to be able to see the actual process taking place.
Ladies and gentlemen, in the 2018 General Election, we will try our best to show the election process for all voters and Fijians to decide.
At the end of the day in this process there will be a winner and those who do not have a majority – this how democracy works.
I’d like to thank all our distinguished invited guests for taking out their time from their busy schedule and attending this event.
A special thanks to Mrs Paulini Lavetiviti who has accepted our invitation to join us on this occasion.
I wished to the Chair and the members of the Commission and the team from the Fijian Election Office and our media partners for their attendance.