Once again Professor Wadan Narsey is right. His explanation of the complex voting system that has been cooked up by Bainimarama to help with his election is correct.
Our FDN guy got it wrong yesterday. Check out the explanation on the Narsey website.
This makes clear that the individual party “candidates will be ranked by the numbers of votes they receive”, not a party list. But our guy says the point is still much the same. Bainimarama will get most of the votes of his party and the ‘left-over’ votes will go to others, they get the scraps from his table. So if his Indo-Fijian candidates are people no-one has ever heard of, they will be disadvantaged in comparison to the Ministers who have been pushed by the regime propaganda machine in the Fiji Sun and Radio Regime. The only candidate who might not enjoy that benefit is Khaiyum who would lose a popularity contest with typhoid or dengue. The truth is Bainimarama has a degree of support from among ordinary Indo-Fijians for declaring equal citizenship (even though some people understood we already had that) but will those supporters vote for Frank First if they cannot see any Indo-Fijian names they know and respect on the Frank First list of candidates?