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Fiji Votes: Villagers Happy To Choose Government

Pre-polling started in the Northern Division yesterday with many el­derly and first-time voters eager to cast their ballots and make their voices heard. Joshua Vosawale, 88, is disabled and received
06 Nov 2018 15:32
Fiji Votes: Villagers Happy To Choose Government
Joshua Vosawale cast his vote at Valovoni Village on November 5, 2018. Photo: Yogesh Chandra

Pre-polling started in the Northern Division yesterday with many el­derly and first-time voters eager to cast their ballots and make their voices heard. Joshua Vosawale, 88, is disabled and received assistance from Fijian Elections Office officials to cast his vote at Valovoni, Macuata.

“I’m really glad that they came right inside my house so that I could vote. I cannot walk properly and I was worried about it. We all want a good government and a stable Fiji,” he said.

Tevita Tamatawale, 65, was the first person to cast his vote during the pre-polling in Valovoni Village yesterday.

“I feel really glad to be the first person voting in the village,” he said.

“I’m glad about it,” he said. Mr Tamata­wale said that he voted for a government that would look after its people. “There was no way I could have missed this election,” he said.

Isoa Turagalewa, 57, of Nadogo Village said Fiji had to go through a lot in the previous years and he would never want history to repeat itself.

“A lot more people showed interest in voting compared with previous years.

“This is a good thing and it means that people are really interested in the wel­fare of the country,” he said.

“We all need a better life and it’s our role to choose a government which will help us in doing that,” he said.

Salanieta Naduru, 51, cast her vote dur­ing the pre-poll at Nadogo Village and said she was happy because she had the power to choose who formed the next government.

“I’m finally freed and hope that the gov­ernment that is formed is for the welfare of everyone,” she said.

Nadogo Village turaga ni koro Joshua Buliwalan, 47, encouraged all villagers to vote. “I’m also very happy to cast my vote,” he said.

For Apenisa Toralulu, 29, it was his sec­ond time to vote.

“People always think that young peo­ple’s votes do not matter, but it matters more than anything else now,” he said.

“Youths are eventually the future and must decide carefully,” he said.

Edited by Epineri Vula

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