“Ads in media 1 person = 1 vote = 1 value”. (Letter to Editor, sent 23 April, 214)
Letter to Editor (The Fiji Times, Fiji Sun, Island Business, Republika)
23 April, 2014.
Advertisments claiming 1 person = 1 vote = 1 value
I notice that the Bainimarama Government is once again running their advertisements claiming that in the forthcoming elections, 1 person= 1 vote = 1 value.
I have clearly explained in my article (”The Open List System”, FT 19 April 2014) that the Electoral Decree requirement that all Independents and Parties MUST first satisfy the 5% threshold requirement means
(a) that unless they obtain about 27,000 votes, their votes will be totally discarded.
(b) even if some extremely popular Independent does obtain that number of votes, these votes will only elect 1 candidate, whereas the same number of votes for a Party will elect 3 Members of Parliament
(c) most candidates who get elected standing for Parties will get far less than 27,000 votes, and even less than the 9,000 average for the whole parliament, and some may even get less than three thousand votes.
The claim of 1 person = 1 vote = 1 value is simply not correct and those responsible for running these ads should immediately desist in the interests of truth.
Professor Wadan Narsey