Natewa’s question

January 14, 2008 at 9:37 am 6 comments

Natewa Prince posed an important point in relation to my post on citizenship.

“If dual citizenship were to be granted to the kulinas who have migrated overseas,would they be allowed to vote in our general elections?????????”

Quite simply, yes. If they are Fijian citizens, they can vote in any election. Conveniently, the constitution says so. Just about the only time the RFMF and interim government follow it.

Don’t just dismiss it. The balance of power will not be Fiji itself. The majority will want the RFMF and interim government out for good. But will there be a tipping point for former Fijian citizens. It will just depend how many votes (pro-coup v anti-coup) will go either way. Just hope and pray for the future of Fiji, that if this does happen that the anti-coup Fijians get out and get their citizenship. Then vote in strong numbers.

Its the only way given the way Fiji is going at the moment.

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6 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Tim  |  January 14, 2008 at 10:19 am

    The dual citizenship question is a hard one – personally I am in favour of it, however the present Junta could not be trusted to administer it impartially.
    The reason many Fijians have left aside from searching for a livelihood and security unincumbered by pathetic narcissist little despots with large egos is that they are pissed off with coups and the coup culture.
    If they have already renounced their Fijian citizenship then regaining it should mean that they must be prepared to return to Fiji for a few years and contribute to the economy before regaining it.
    If, as many do, come to places such as NZ, retain their Fijian citizenship and have permanent residency, dual citizenship is not a problem – it will not alter any outcome.
    I hope to see the day when Fijians and others in the Pacific can come to this country (NZ), obtain both seasonal, contract, or any other type of work, retain an affinity with their cultural heritage whilst still participating fully in their place of residence AND their place of birth.

    It is only a generation or two away when due to oil shortages, rising sea levels and economic considerations that regional inter-dependance will become more and more important. Unfortunately the short sightedness of the Chodo, the dancing queen I-arse and the madman are busy taking everyone backwards.
    They do so perhaps foolishly believing that they have carved themselves out a bolt hole on foreign shores. (History shows that doesn’t always work for criminals).

  • 2. natewaprince  |  January 14, 2008 at 7:04 pm

    I agree,but us,being laid back and easy going would probably just wait for the next guy to apply.

    While these vindictive pagans would flock in droves to apply for dual citizenship just to add an extra nail into the taukeis’coffin.

  • 3. Maqa a Leqa  |  January 14, 2008 at 8:12 pm

    If this happens and knowing how these indian people act they will make a point of casting their votes or even travelling to Fiji every election just to qualify to vote in order to keep in their Indian Party-Labour party!

  • 4. Linus  |  January 15, 2008 at 7:41 am

    I am both a UK & NZ citizen; but because I have chosen to reside in Fiji I am disqualified from voting in either country. Most countries that accept dual nationality impose resdency requirements like 6 to 12 months for voter registration purposes!!

  • 5. tardwatchfiji  |  January 15, 2008 at 8:26 am

    Thats a good point Linus.

    The way that Bainimarama is going, he won’t put any residency requirements. All he will require is for you to goto the Fijian High Commission, put in an application and bingo your certificate arrives in the mail.

    No residency requirements, instant vote hit.

  • 6. Dauvavana  |  January 15, 2008 at 12:16 pm

    I have been an Australian PR for 26 years and have never voted. Reason being, while I still maintain my Fiji citizenship and use a Fiji passport whenever I travel overseas, I fail to meet the current residency requirement and cannot vote in the Fiji elections.

    On the other hand, I cannot join the Australian public service, nor stand for and Australian public office elections or vote in their general election because I have resisted the temptation to become and Australian Citizen..

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