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PM Warns On Voting Ploys

PM Warns On Voting Ploys
Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama
July 09
10:38 2018

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama has warned voters that some parties and candidates are openly encourag­ing them to vote along religious or ethnic lines.

He has described the idea as backwards thinking which risks “the unity that Fiji­ans as a society had forged by working to­gether”.

Mr Bainimarama made the comment while speaking at the 2018 annual pooja (prayers) at the Mahadevi Temple at Vuci, Nausori, Saturday night.

“As I said in the Ba Provincial Council Meeting just last month, religion and eth­nicity should never be exploited to sow di­vision and hate,” he said.

The idea, he said, was fundamentally against the very nature of not only any re­ligion, but of their very democracy.

Seeing politics through a lens of homo­geneity, he said, was dangerous as history had already proven here in Fiji. “Instead of shamelessly weaponising differences to di­vide us, I ask that all Fijians make respon­sible decisions; decisions that aren’t only skin-deep.

“Doing so will continue to move our na­tion forward. Unified together as one, we are lifting families, and together, we are lifting Fiji.”

Mr Bainimarama said congregations such the one at the Mahadevi Temple, Vuci, played an invaluable role in shaping their youth, instilling society with values and providing a higher purpose to the people.

“You enrich Fiji’s cultural fabric, which owes both its strength and beauty to its di­versity,” he said.

Prime Minister Bainimarama said when values-based organisations worked side-by-side with Government with a shared mission to better our nation, all would benefit regardless of their ethnicity, back­ground, or faith.

For the future of the country, Mr Baini­marama asked for prayers for continued success and guidance.

Edited by Epineri Vula


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