From the Editor-in-Chief’s desk: Your December 8 briefing



We are heading down the final stretch as we count down to the 2022 General Election on December 14. Pre-polling continues though around the country. The big story on the front page of The Fiji Times for Thursday, December 8 is on Fijians making an effort to be part of the voting process.

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Here are some headlines inside:


  • EVERY vote matters and all eligible voters must be given the opportunity to exercise their right to vote.
  • CIVIL servants in Namosi have to fork out money from their pockets to connect to the Internet to ensure their work is up to date and reports are submitted on time to superiors in Suva
  • THE only village in Namosi with no road leading to it is Burotu, says Atanasio Muakalou.


  • THE National Federation Party (NFP) has raised concerns regarding the regulation of content online during the media blackout period with the Multinational Observer Group.
  • THE People’s Alliance leader Sitiveni Rabuka said under a PA-National Federation Party government, the role of the army and navy will be enhanced to be at the forefront of climate change adaptation, and assisting in rebuilding climate resilient communities.
  • A PEOPLE’S Alliance led government will reinstate the Great Council of Chiefs because it believes “the GCC is the institution best positioned to put in place training and leadership programs for the iTaukei traditional leaders”.
  • SA rauta. This is the general consensus of voters on the ground, says National Federation Party (NFP) general secretary and 2022 General Election candidate Leba Seni Nabou.


  • The Fijian Elections Office has commenced the verification of postal ballots.
  •  TRANSPORT will be provided for voters on Election Day and Supervisor of Elections Mohammed Saneem said the service will be free of charge.
  • THE Fijian Independence Commission Against Corruption (FICAC) has refuted claims made by People’s Alliance deputy party leader Lynda Tabuya that FICAC officials harassed her 16-year-old daughter.
  • Mr Saneem has clarified that the courier service provider DHL might open a postal packet of a voter for security checks if he or she did not use the prepaid return envelope that the Fijian Elections Office had issued to return their postal ballot.


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