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VOTE DAY

President Ratu Epeli Nailatikau says voters should not be intimidated by threats of violence or actual violence. He also urged “all political parties and their supporters not to intimidate anyone
17 Sep 2014 08:08
VOTE DAY
Various teams from Fiji and Australia assemble for the openning ceremony of the Fiji Cup at the Churchill Park in Lautoka on December 2,2019.. Photo: Salote Qalibau

President Ratu Epeli Nailatikau says voters should not be intimidated by threats of violence or actual violence.

He also urged “all political parties and their supporters not to intimidate anyone or engage in any untoward activity.”

He was speaking at the ANZ Stadium in Suva yesterday during the thanksgiving service for the release of the 45 Fijian United Nations peacekeepers.

“Democracy is about allowing all individuals to vote freely without fear or favour,” Ratu Epeli said.

All must accept the will of the people but still unify as a nation, he said.

He called on all eligible voters to vote today.

He said the election was a landmark event in the life of our nation – “the first genuinely democratic election in our history, based on equal votes of equal value”.

He urged all to dedicate themselves today to conducting an election that was free and fair in an atmosphere of tolerance and goodwill.

“As your president, I urge you all to exercise your democratic right. It is your vote and no-one else’s,” he said

“We have much to be grateful for as a nation.”

He said Fiji had beautiful surroundings,  abundant natural resources, and a rich diversity of our people.

“Let us re-dedicate ourselves before God today to remain unified as a nation and to follow his example of love.”

Among the audience were independent candidate Roshika Deo, National Federation Party leader Dr Biman Prasad, Fiji Labour Party leader Mahendra Chaudhry and FLP president Lavinia Padarath, and Social Democratic Libera Party (SODELPA) candidate Nirmal Singh. FijiFirst leader and Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama, who was also present, had extended an invitation to all the leaders of political parties.

A notable absentee was the SODELPA leader, Ro Teimumu Kepa.

According to one of the ushers from the Ministry of Defence, a SODELPA member used Ro Teimumu’s invitation card.

The Permanent Secretary for Foreign Affairs, Amena Yauvoli, said all from the diplomatic corps were present.

All denominations were present except for leaders of the Methodist Church in Fiji.

The main sermon was delivered by the Chaplain of the Republic of Fiji Military Forces (RFMF), Reverend Major Joseva Tikonatabua.

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