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Military comments on election security

September 17, 2014 5:16 am

The Police and Military forces and the government have been working very hard to ensure the safety of all Fijians during the election period.

Military commander Brigadier General, Mosese Tikoitoga says there have been regular briefings with all the parties concerned.

The government together with the Police and the Fiji Military Forces has worked extremely hard to ensure that everyone who casts their vote do so without any intimidation. That has been continuously reminded to people and has been a part of our security brief to the nation in the last few months. Up to the point that I have made assurances to the people that the RFMF will not participate pre election and during the election for the mere reason that we want people to cast their vote without any intimidation. And because there was a perceived threat of intimidation if the Military was seen in uniform, the Military has made it substantially clear that it will not participate in pre elections so we can let people go and cast their vote freely. But now it has gone the other way around, the very same people who did not want the Military to provide the security for those that will cause intimidation with the perception that the Military itself was the intimidator. Now those people are creating an atmosphere of intimidation against the people that want or against the parties that want to cast their vote in a free and fair environment again most unfortunate. But we have to live with what we have said we will do, the RFMF again will not get itself involved pre election and during the election. At the moment I spoke with the Police Commissioner yesterday morning to ensure that protection is provided to everybody that is casting their vote today. The Police have made it clear that they will provide it to the best of their ability, law and order for protection that is required so that people may cast their vote without any intimidation. But if worse comes to worse and the RFMF finds it necessary to provide security to our citizens because that is our role. We will provide protection to the Fijian people that will need protection from us

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Police are also providing security over this election period.

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