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Voting Made Easy For Elders Tops Submissions

If we are able to get the correct information during this public consultation we can actually bring it up in Parliament and say ‘okay, this is the wrong perception going around’ because everybody is trying to blame the elderly, but when we ask the elder people, they are saying they are comfortable
16 Jan 2021 14:35
Voting Made Easy For Elders Tops Submissions
Members of the Standing Committee on Justice, Law and Human Rights (From left) SODELPA Opposition MP Mosese Bulitavu, deputy chairperson and FijiFirst MP Rohit Sharma, chairperson and FijiFirst MP Alvick Maharaj and Dr Salik Govind during the public consultations at Vakabuli Primary School in Lautoka on January 14, 2021

Talks on how voting can be made easier for the elderly in communities was high on the agenda during submissions made at Vakabuli Primary School on Thursday.

Chairman of the Standing Committee on Justice, Law and Human Rights, Alvick Maharaj, said the committee received many comments on how the elderly had faced issues when going to vote.

Committee chairman Maharaj said: “I don’t want to be sounding biased over here but since there are a lot of senior citizens sitting here, this is one of the common comments that we actually receive wherever we go – the old people cannot recognise the number, they cannot remember the number.

“If we are able to get the correct information during this public consultation we can actually bring it up in Parliament and say ‘okay, this is the wrong perception going around’ because everybody is trying to blame the elderly, but when we ask the elder people, they are saying they are comfortable,” he said.

However, Lautoka farmer Mohammed Shamim, in his submission, said that the elderly needed to be guided during the 2018 General Election.

“I have seen some elderly people during the election that they had to be guided and they were asking somebody outside before going in to tick,” Mr Shamim said.

“I believe something can be made easier for the elderly and I think it will be appreciated by them.”

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