Rumor mongers under police radar
November 13, 2018 5:02 pm
Police Commissioner Brigadier General Sitiveni Qiliho has revealed that a few people have been questioned in relation to rumors being spread that there will be instability on Election Day and during the post-election period.
Speaking exclusively to FBC News, Qiliho says he has also received calls from the public inquiring about a curfew.
He has rubbished these claims advising the public that these are just lies.
The Police Commissioner is assuring Fijians they’re closely monitoring the security landscape and officers are ready to be deployed at any time to assist if there’s information of unrest that could impact the Election process.
“I’m in constant contact with the Commander of the Republic of Fiji Military Forces. There’s an exchange of information and intelligence that has been ongoing and that will continue post-election and there’s been a lot of rumors that is circulating – Those are rumors! If there is anything, that will come from me and I can assure the people of Fiji that we have everything under control.”
Brigadier General Qiliho has also assured the public there will be no curfew whatsoever, in contrast to what is being said by rumor mongers.
“If there is any such thing, that will come from me or from the relevant government authority but there are people out there creating these stories and we are going out to pick up a few to interview them in regards to what they are circulating out there.”
Police are warning rumor mongers to stop creating unnecessary fear among the general public and any attempts to disrupt the Election Process will be dealt with seriously.
“The rumors are all over Fiji and we are picking up people. We’re going after people now and asking them about these stories and also put an end to these rumors. Some people do believe in this. Social media plays a huge role in this to the extent I don’t call it social media anymore. I call it anti-social media because that’s exactly what it’s doing.”
Voters are encouraged to cast their votes freely today as officers will be stationed at all polling venues ensuring there is no disruption to the process.
Police routine operations will also continue as normal.