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This Election Should Be A Truly Democratic Elections

All election campaigns end today as stipulated by the Electoral Act. There is a blackout period from Monday to polling day on Wednesday. The politicians have done their bit and
14 Sep 2014 09:56

All election campaigns end today as stipulated by the Electoral Act.

There is a blackout period from Monday to polling day on Wednesday.

The politicians have done their bit and the onus is now on voters to decide the future of this country. Those who have registered must make sure that they cast their votes.

In our democracy, the voters have the power to choose their government. Their tick gives those elected the mandate to speak on their behalf in Parliament and those in Government to serve them. The operative word here is serve. Some politicians who graced our previous parliaments forgot their core role.

They forgot the people who elected them. This is a common complaint that is heard repeatedly from people. Before it was a lot easier to serve because MPs represented one of the 70 constituencies. Now there is only one constituency and it’s the whole of Fiji. So they have a much wider area to cover.

However, once elected, the respective parties, will divvy up the area and assign MPs to specific areas. It’s a prudent way of making sure that all areas are serviced.

As far as the voters are concerned they have to choose wisely. They need to tick those who they feel will represent them well in Parliament. Some have been in Parliament before but have failed to impress. For others, this will be their first time.

Some voters prefer to make their choices on the basis of the candidate’s background, qualifications, employment history, race or religion. Anyone of these issues will tip the balance for undecided voters.

Other voters prefer to vote on party lines. They do not care so much about the candidate’s background. Their focus is on the party policies.

In this election it will be a bit of both because the percentage of votes  won by the parties in relation to the total votes cast will determine the number of seats.

This election campaign has been intense and ugly in some respects.  A major concern is the manipulation of the minds of ordinary people through fear-mongering, and divisive race-based and religion-based politicking.

The great thing is that there is so much goodwill around that we must remain resolutely on the path moving forward. Our people, from the two major ethnic communities ( the iTaukei and Indo-Fijians) have much more in common than is consciously realised.

This election should be a celebration because we are having a truly genuine democratic election for the first time.

Feedback:  maikab@fijisun.com.fj

 




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