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03 April 2023

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Fiji Women's Rights Movement

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Coalition Calls for Respect of Democratic Process

Coalition Calls for Respect of Democratic Process

16/12/2022

The NGO Coalition for Human Rights (NGOCHR) is calling on all Fijians to respect the democratic process and uphold the rule of law as we await the final elections results on Sunday 18 December 2022 at 6am.   

The rule of law is the glue that binds our country together. It is the foundation of our unity. It is essential for the protection of the values on which our country is founded. These values are democracy, freedom, equality and respect for human rights. Elections play a crucial role in building a more stable parliamentary democracy and ensuring that there is free and fair election process is integral to this process. 

The right to vote and to have that vote counted is democracy’s threshold liberty. Without it, nothing is possible, but with it, anything is possible. People have voted and exercised their basic human right to vote in the spirit of democracy and we must always respect that. If there is a question around integrity, fairness and transparency on any election processes, our recourse is through the laws which will provide legal ways to challenge it.  

The Coalition also calls upon the Fijian Electoral Commission, Supervisor of Elections, public offices and all parties to continuously strive to support the constitutional and political rights of all Fijian citizens in ensuring the right to free and fair elections. We ask for all involved in the counting process to remain calm and to carry on counting the ballots.  

We call on all people of our beloved country to remain patient and to always remember that their right to demand accountability comes with carrying out that responsibility based on facts and credible information.  

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