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Editorial: Voters Must Demand Answers From Politicians

During the next two weeks, voters will be subject­ed to rallies, talks, public debates and everything else that preludes a general election. It has already started, but the heat has
01 Nov 2018 13:47
Editorial: Voters Must Demand Answers From Politicians

During the next two weeks, voters will be subject­ed to rallies, talks, public debates and everything else that preludes a general election.

It has already started, but the heat has not been fully turned on.

The question is, which party will continue the mud­slinging and which will concentrate on issues?

Which party will promise to increase the assistance that the people and especially school children are enjoy­ing and which party continues to walk the talk?

Now you will see the difference between professionals and amateurs.

A very important factor that these opposition parties fail to register in themselves is that the people can no longer be fooled.

Gone are those days when you could butter voters up and buy them kava, cook a big pot of chicken curry and win their votes.

The people have come to see the transformation of the country and the economic path it is presently taking.

Some parties are taking what FijiFirst has done and saying they will up it another notch on whatever the peo­ple were presently receiving.

What does that show?

Anybody, and I mean anybody, will realise that these parties who want to increase these forms of assistance actually agree with what the present Government is pro­viding.

They actually want to add the extra, but what they are not telling the public is where they will get the money to pay for that increase.

So voters should now turn up at meetings and demand an explanation from these smooth talking so-called poli­ticians as to how they would fund these increases.

Perhaps some questions, highlighted in the Omaha World Herald that could be raised include:

  •  Does the candidate go beyond bumper-sticker rheto­ric and speak thoughtfully about often complicated issues? Or does a candidate’s election material — at a campaign website, for example — consist merely of a list of vague statements that don’t really say much?
  •  Does the candidate have a record in political office? If so, what are some of the main things the person has focused on? Has the person shown much energy and dedication in office, or has the candidate been lazy? Has the person held any leadership positions in of­fice?
  •  Does the candidate demonstrate an interest in and knowledge of the state or political district he or she would represent?
  •  Does the candidate have professional or life experi­ence that provides helpful preparation for a particu­lar political office?

Once you get the answers, you will definitely have an idea on how the country would be run under their lead­ership.

As for mudslinging, be careful you don’t get hit by it. Voters by now know which candidates and party to choose based on their individual values and political priorities.

Leave aside the mudslingers because if you vote them in then you can expect a nose dive if they come into power. Focus on what has been done for you and your family over the past years and how your lives have been uplifted.

Do you want to see further transformation or are you prepared to face a start over in a different direction.

The choice is yours, Choose wisely because your chil­dren’s future depends on it.

CHARLES CHAMBERS

Feedback: charles.chambers@fijisun.com.fj

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