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PM: We Did It To Reduce Risk Of Voter Fraud

“No Government is perfect. However, one of the chief virtues is that its defects are always visible and, under democratic processes, can be pointed out and corrected,” Mr Bainimarama said.
27 Sep 2021 13:50
PM: We Did It To Reduce Risk Of Voter Fraud

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama yesterday spoke of Government’s decision to legalise having one name and one identity for all Fijians.

While giving his address on the iTaukei Radio programme, Nai Lalakai, he said there were comments that questioned Government’s genuine decision to improve Fiji’s young democracy under the 2013 Constitution.

“No Government is perfect. However, one of the chief virtues is that its defects are always visible and, under democratic processes, can be pointed out and corrected,” Mr Bainimarama said.

“We did it this week to reduce the risk of voter fraud. We have empowered Fijians by making it a legal requirement to have only one name, one identity.

“And with one identity, the risk of double voting or more is eliminated. This is more than about anyone’s right to vote. It is about protecting Fijians.”

He said another reason for the amendment is the increasing risk of identity theft.

“One identity means only one person – not two or more, which was allowed by our former system. We have corrected that because, again, your welfare matters,” he said.

Vaccinated people into places of worship

He gave the reassurance that the decision to only allow fully vaccinated people into places of worship was done to protect all Fijians.

“It is not about denying people our freedom to worship, but it is about keeping our public space, including churches, safe,” he said.

“Your confidence in the vaccine has now been rewarded. And you need to persevere because, as I have been saying all along, this is the will of God. Scripture tells us ‘that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what He has promised’. We promised that Fiji would be liberated from this pandemic, and your perseverance would get us there.”

Mr Bainimarama said he was pleased to read in the news that the Methodist Church have committed to strictly enforce the rule.

“As a Methodist myself, I want to encourage everyone to listen to his advice, which is the same advice I have been giving you. Get the vaccine. Join the 590,386 citizens who have received the first jab and the 419,065 who have been fully vaccinated.”

Edited by Jonathan Bryce

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