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Commander Naupoto Advises Military Not To Campaign

‘You cannot campaign for a party or candidate because the RFMF is apolitical. If you want to then you must resign’ Republic of Fiji Military Forces Commander, Rear Admiral Viliame
12 Dec 2017 11:00
Commander Naupoto Advises Military Not To Campaign
Republic of Fiji Military Forces Commander, Rear Admiral Viliame Naupoto during the year-end parade at the Queen Elizabeth Barracks in Nabua. Photo: Wati Talebula

‘You cannot campaign for a party or candidate because the RFMF is apolitical. If you want to then you must resign’

Republic of Fiji Military Forces Commander, Rear Admiral Viliame Naupoto has advised soldiers and sailors not to campaign for any political party in the 2018 General Election.

He was speaking during their year-end parade at the Queen Elizabeth Barracks.

He said the RFMF was apolitical.

Rear Admiral Naupoto said it was compulsory for soldiers to cast their vote in 2018.

“You can attend political rallies. You can ask and decide who you want to vote for and make the right decision,” he said.

“You cannot campaign for a party or candidate because the RFMF is apolitical. If you want to then you must resign.”

Republic of Fiji Military Forces Navy men during their year-end parade at the Queen Elizabeth Barracks in Nabua. Photo: Wati Talebula

Republic of Fiji Military Forces Navy men during their year-end parade at the Queen Elizabeth Barracks in Nabua. Photo: Wati Talebula

Rear Admiral Naupoto said soldiers and sailors must make the right decision.

“It is your right as a citizen of Fiji to choose and make sure that your vote counts. You must make an informed decision on who you will vote for,” he said.

“After the election when the vote is counted our allegiance automatically shifts.

“Don’t listen to others. Whatever Government is chosen they are our leaders. We will listen to them and they will tell us what to do.”

About 700 soldiers and sailors were part of the parade.

Edited by Percy Kean

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