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CAMPAIGN – We will not lie for votes, says Sayed-Khaiyum

JYOTI PRATIBHA NADI FijiFirst does not want to get votes by lying, says its general secretary Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum. Speaking to 120 people who turned up at the party’s campaign in
10 Aug 2014 10:37

FijiFirst general secretary Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum with those at last night’s campaign meeting in Sigatoka. Photo: Waisea Nasokia

JYOTI PRATIBHA
NADI

FijiFirst does not want to get votes by lying, says its general secretary Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum.
Speaking to 120 people who turned up at the party’s campaign in Sigatoka, Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said it would be easy for them to follow into the path of how political parties campaigned during elections, but they were not willing to follow suit.
Mr Sayed-Khaiyum led the FijiFirst team and three other candidate nominees- paralympian Iliesa Delana, former secondary school teacher Rosy Akbar and former Fiji Pine trust chief executive officer Osea Naiqamu to campaign on Mr Delana’s turf.
During the campaigning, a Sigatoka villager stood to proclaim his support for the party but told the candidate nominees that his vote would be sealed with the dredging of Sigatoka River and tarsealing of some roads in the area.
To this, Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said if the Sigatoka River needed dredging, it would be dredged and if the roads were public access roads, it would be tarsealed – but it would not be done overnight and no promises that it would be done before elections.
Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said that it would be easy to say all the right words before elections, to lie to get support and forget all about it post-elections.
He said the FijiFirst movement did not believe in this and would not be making any such empty promises.
He said that he was privileged to have been a minister under the leadership of Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama.
Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said the party leader had stressed to all candidate nominees that he did not want to win on lies.
Also, a standout point in the campaign meet was that no promises were made. Instead, clarifications were given and Mr Sayed-Khaiyum accepted that in areas such as health, infrastructure, there was more work needed.
He said over the past few years, the Bainimarama Government had tried to correct the neglect of over four decades.
The FijiFirst movement campaign led by another candidate nominee Doctor Mahendra Reddy will be in Korovuto Hall at 10am and Savusavu Temple, Sigatoka, at 4pm today.

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