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First Time Youth Voters Travel From Afar to FijiFirst Family Fun Day

First time voters and youths of Naitasiri travelled for miles to meet the FijiFirst leader Voreqe Bainimara during its fam­ily fun day in Suva yesterday. Marika Junior, 18, a Year
27 Oct 2018 11:37
First Time Youth Voters Travel From Afar to FijiFirst Family Fun Day
FijiFirst party leader Voreqe Bainimarama with supporters during the FijiFirst family fun day at Ratu Sukuna Park in Suva on October 26, 2018. Photo: Ronald Kumar

First time voters and youths of Naitasiri travelled for miles to meet the FijiFirst leader Voreqe Bainimara during its fam­ily fun day in Suva yesterday.

Marika Junior, 18, a Year 13 stu­dent of Naitasiri Secondary School who will be voting for the first time next month, was awestruck by the entertainment and meeting Mr Bainimarama in person.

“I am here to attend this fun day because I want to show my support to the FijiFirst party (FFP),” he said.

Known fondly as “Junior,” he said that he would be supporting Fiji­First because of their tremendous help towards Naitasiri villagers.

“The Government has done a lot in the interior of Naitasiri, from building roads to providing elec­tricity that’s why we, the youths, are voting for FijiFirst,” said Jun­ior.

“In 2011, we had been provided with rural electrification in Naita­siri, and in 2016, there were new roads constructed to make trave­ling easier.

“During heavy rain, the road was too risky for the villagers to travel. The vehicles could not cross.”

Junior said that it would take him two hours to reach school. He aspires to be a pilot and is hopeful that the Government would pro­vide assistance for him to fulfil his dream.

Florence Lal’s dream

Meeting Prime Minister Bainima­rama was a dream of a 60 -year-old women who sells socks for a living.

Florence Lal said she had been ridiculed in the past by some who have told her to return to India be­cause of her ethnicity.

But she said that she was born in Fiji and because of this Govern­ment, she could proudly call her­self a Fijian.

“I am so glad to meet Mr Bainima­rama for the first time today. I had always wanted to meet Mr Baini­marama ever since he became the Prime Minister of this country,” said Ms Lal.

“Today I got the chance to meet Mr Bainimarama and I am so happy to shake his hand and take a photo with him.”

Ms Lal said her vote would go to the FijiFirst party because of its track record of putting people’s needs first.

“From the time this Government came into power they have made bus fare free for the old people like us and made education free.

“Which government ever did that?” she asked.

Ms Lal said that she had always supported FijiFirst no matter what because she believes that the Gov­ernment has brought about unity and togetherness among people of all races.

“Today I came with my sister to es­pecially meet the Prime Minister of the country,” said Ms Lal.

Another supporter that was pre­sent in the event was Shakuntala Devi.

She said ever since the FijiFirst party started its campaign, she al­ways tried to attend them where ever possible.

“This Government has done so much for us by providing free edu­cation for our kids,” she said.

“Providing all the facilities that helps our kids to move forward.”

She said because of this Govern­ment they were getting social wel­fare money.

Edited by Ranoba Baoa

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