“In just over two week’s time, I’ll be standing down as military commander so that I can stand for the general election that we are having in a few month’s time. I’m asking everyone to support me in that election so that I can continue to be Prime Minister and keep working hard to make Fiji a better place.” Frank Bainimarama, Commander, RFMF
Public Officer (RFMF officer) shall NOT
publicly indicate support for or opposition to any proposed political party
Restrictions on public officers in a political party
14.—(1) A public officer shall NOT
(a) be eligible to be an applicant or a member of a proposed political party or a political party registered under this Decree;
(b) be eligible to hold office in a proposed political party or a political party registered under this Decree;
(c) engage in political activity that may compromise or be seen to compromise the political neutrality of that person’s office; or
(d) publicly indicate support for or opposition to any proposed political party or a political party registered under this Decree or candidate in an election.
(2) For the purposes of this section, “public officer” means any person--
(a) holding any office in, or as a member of, a statutory authority, a commission, or a board established by or continued in existence by any written law;
(b) holding an office of a judge, a magistrate or an office of any court or tribunal established by written
(c) holding any office in the public service, the Fiji Police Force, Fiji Corrections Services or the Republic of Fiji Military Forces;
FRANK BAINIMARAMA is still Commander of the RFMF so he is a public officer under the Decree, and is campaigning for HIS proposed party.
He should be hauled before the court! For he is publicly indicating support for his own proposed political party.