The Attorney General and Minister for Elections, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum said there is no conflict of interest with him holding the Elections Minister's position and the General Secretary's post in the proposed FijiFirst.
The Fiji Labour Party and the National Federation Party have called on Sayed-Khaiyum to resign as the Minister for Elections after taking up the position in the proposed party.
FLP Leader, Mahendra Chaudhry said the FLP will continue to voice its concerns about this.
National Federation Party General Secretary, Kamal Iyer also said Sayed-Khaiyum must resign as Elections Minister immediately because he accepted the political appointment.
However Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum said the two parties are not taking a principled position as they did not call for any resignations in the past when Ministers responsible for general elections were holding political party positions.
Sayed-Khaiyum said the FLP and NFP can change their stand from one year to another as seen in this case.
"According to our check of the government gazettes, Sitiveni Rabuka was the Minister responsible for Elections in 1999 while Laisenia Qarase was the Minister responsible for Elections in 2001 and 2006," he said. Source: Fijivillage News.
NO RESIGNATION AS NO CONFLICT OF INTEREST SAYS KHAIYUM! Wrong, deposed Prime Minister Laisenia Qarase did not bring in political party and other objectionable decrees to ensure upper hand in polls!
8/5/2014 01:44:04 am
what is the independent Electoral Commission's position on this?
8/5/2014 03:30:46 am
The Electrol Commission is just in name. They are all for future benefits from this regime.
8/5/2014 05:01:38 am
:Conflict of Interest' - A “situation where an individual or the entity for which they work, whether a government, business, media outlet or civil society organisation, is confronted with choosing between the duties and demands of their position and their own private interests.”
Cheers 4 T4F
8/5/2014 05:07:44 am
Always the BEST man! You are a Great cartoonist!
8/5/2014 10:50:55 am
It is clear from the definition of 'conflict of interest' that Aiyaz sayed Khaiyum has a conflict of interest because he is using his official position in government to advance his own private interests,
8/5/2014 03:25:36 pm
So in saying out with the OLD politicians and in with the NEW, the New are actually replicating what the Old did and that should be OK. Its also like saying we're going to get rid of corruption but in the process we've created more of our own but it should be ok and accepted by all because they did it before! Whats that age old saying again, "same shit different smell". Do hope Fiji chooses wisely in the up coming elections, whether we've changed for the better or for worse or whether we've changed at all.
8/5/2014 05:40:26 pm
Khaiyum can't see any conflict of interest because let's face it the man is not all that bright!!
Rogue Attorney General
8/5/2014 07:44:32 pm
Qarase and Rabuka were both PM 's working under the legal constitution.
9/5/2014 07:19:41 pm
what is the position of the "international partners" on this? do they see any conflict of interest or do they see this as being consistent with their idea of what a free and fair should be?
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