The elections must be free of military control and members of the military serving in civilian office seen as having resigned from military office on the day elections are announced.

My comment on Rev Akuila Yabaki’s assertions about the Fiji military and democracy…

Over the past three decades, Fiji’s military has become increasingly conscious of its role and status as part of the power elite. It exercises political power through the displacement of Fijian chiefly power. The military is therefore the Vunivalu (war chief) to the chiefs’ Tui (sacred chiefs), and is embedded in an antithetical relationship in which it currently has the upper hand. To expect the war chiefs (aka military) to be cognisant of and committed to democracy is an expectation too far…

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