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Farmers Turn Up Early For Voting

Farmers Turn Up Early For Voting
From left: Ambassador of Japan to the Republic of Fiji, Masahiro Omura and Minister for Fisheries Semi Koroilavesau signed a grant contract yesterday at the residence of the Ambassador of Japan.
September 05
10:27 2014

Farmers turned out early at one Tailevu village to make sure they voted before they went to their farms.  Naitutu Village Community Hall near Korovou Town was already empty by early afternoon yesterday as voters had come come in early.

Village elder Maika Ganilau, 70, said Thursdays and Fridays were inconvenient days for them because they had to prepare for selling their produce in the Nausori and Suva markets.

‘’As you can see most of the people have come already. I counted almost 200 who came to the hall early this morning because they had to go to their gardens to harvest their crops for the market,’’ he said.

However, he was quite happy with the pre-polling process because of the convenience of voting.

‘I’m from this village so I just came to vote this morning as well. It’s so close and I thank the Fijian Elections Office for bring it here. It’s also good for the sick and the elderly people and people who had strokes.  We are just waiting here for the school children who registered to vote. But most of the people voted already in the morning.’’

Another Naitutu villager, Eroni Turagasau, was with Mr Ganilau at the pre-polling centre when the Fiji Sun news team arrived. He was also positive about the electoral process.

‘’Yes, we think it’s also a good idea to have the pre-polling here because it makes the voting very easy for us.’’

The pre-polling stations at Naitutu Village closed at 6pm yesterday.




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