By VICTOR LAL
(1) And Bainimarama knew of the existence of the party and the name
Fiji First Party for he chaired the meeting of the political party leaders
on 9th April 2009 at the Police Academy, Nasova. Other participants included Aiyaz Khaiyum and representatives of the original Fiji First Party- Anit Singh and Beni Sami;
Mr Chairman [Bainimarama, 9 April 2009]:
'The meeting also agreed...' is there any changes that need to be made in this paragraph?
Mr Sami: "Mr Chairman, I would like to correct the name of 'Girmit Heritage Party,
change it to 'Fiji 1st Party'
Mr Chairman: Sorry which party?
Mr Sami: Fiji 1st Party
Mr Chairman: Not Girmit Heritage Party?
Mr Sami: No, we have just gone through our name change and registered with the Supervisor of Elections
Mr Chairman: Have you paid you[r] $10 for the change of name? (Laughter)
Mr Sami: First is '1st'
(2) Only lately Khaiyum, the general secretary of the proposed Fiji First Party, while refusing to resign as Election Minister, claimed that he searched through the Government gazettes and found that Sitiveni Rabuka was the Minister responsible for Elections in 1999 while Laisenia Qarase was the Minister responsible for Elections in 2001 and 2006. "This is listed under their responsibilities in the gazettes.";
(3) And yet Khaiyum made no effort or if he did, he is hiding the fact that the original Fiji First Party's name was gazetted on 12 December 2008. Moreover, he was also present at the Navosa meeting along with Viliame Naupoto, now an aspiring candidate for the proposed FFP. Khaiyum's self denial is understandable - for HE is the one who secretly registered his "own" proposed Fiji First Party domain name and g-mail account on 11 November 2009 and updated it on 21 January 2014 to fight the September general election:
(4) When Khaiyum registered his "own" Fiji First Party domain name and e-mail account Fiji was under his State of Public Emergency Regulations and no political acitivities of any kind or manner was allowed to any law-abiding citizens of Fiji. BUT KHAIYUM PUT HIMSELF ABOVE HIS OWN LAW on 11 November 2009 - We say RESIGN NOW and subject yourself to fine and two years imprisonment under your own PER which came into force at 1200 hours on 10 April 2009; the previous day, 9 April, Bainimarama knew of original Fiji First Party! That same day the Fiji Court of Appeal had declared the Bainimarama-Khaiyum government illegal in Qarase v Bainimarama case, resulting in the introduction of Khaiyum's PER!
Why is Chaudhry not coming forward to confirm original FFP's existence?
FLP leader Mahendra Chaudhry had allegedly objected to the original Fiji First claiming that the signatures were not genuine. The Supervisor of Elections staff and Anit Singh had to go to each signatory and verify that they were real.The objection was thrown out.