Using the RFMF in any form during the electoral process is unconstitutional – Major General Kalouniwai
RFMF will not respond to Rabuka’s insistence or any political party, that the RFMF intervene

Using the RFMF in any form during the electoral process is unconstitutional – Major General Kalouniwai

RFMF will not respond to Rabuka’s insistence or any political party, that the RFMF intervene

By Vijay Narayan
Friday 16/12/2022
RFMF Commander, Major General Jone Kalouniwai

Army Commander, Major General Jone Kalouniwai says he wishes to reassure the people of Fiji that the RFMF will not respond to People’s Alliance Leader, Sitiveni Rabuka’s insistence or any political party, that the RFMF intervene under their responsibilities from Section 131. 2. of the 2013 Constitution.

Major General Kalouniwai says the RFMF as an institution will put its trust in the electoral process.

In a collective statement as an institution, Major General Kalouniwai says the constitutional responsibility of the RFMF section 131.2 does not make any reference to intervening or getting involved with the electoral processes or management of voting or counting of votes with the assistance of the military.

He says using the military in any form during the electoral process is unconstitutional and as such the RFMF will leave it in the good hands of those responsible of the electoral process under the 2013 constitution.

The Army Commander says the 2013 constitution does provide a mechanism where parties can seek redress or challenge the results of the election.

He urges that any dispute with reference to the electoral process be referred to the Supervisor of Elections, the Electoral Commission and the Court of Disputed Returns.

Meanwhile the Commander says he has not received any correspondence from the People’s Alliance Leader.

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