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Fiji Votes: Visual Impaired Man And Long Travelling Siblings Do All They Can To Cast Votes

A visually impaired man is grateful to the Fijian Elec­tions Office for assisting him in casting his vote. Niumaia Laivai was able to make his vote count during pre-poll in
10 Nov 2018 11:00
Fiji Votes: Visual Impaired Man And Long Travelling Siblings Do All They Can To Cast Votes
Niumaia Laivai at his home in Raviravi Seaqaqa on November 8, 2018. Photo: Yogesh Chandra

A visually impaired man is grateful to the Fijian Elec­tions Office for assisting him in casting his vote.

Niumaia Laivai was able to make his vote count during pre-poll in Raviravi, Seaqaqa on Thursday.

The 65-year-old who lost his vi­sion in 2002, had high hopes about casting his ballot this year.

“I’m really grateful to the Fijian Elections Office for coming right to my house to help me with the voting,” he said. “It gets very dif­ficult because I can’t see a thing.

“I voted last time and I did not want to miss this time at any cost. I know the importance it plays in each of our lives.”

Brother and sister walk almost three hours to vote

In Korotolutolu, first time voter Timoci Ramototabua and his sis­ter Senimeli Raravitu had to walk for almost three hours to cast their votes after they missed their transport on Thursday.

The pair had to walk from Koro­tolutolu to Raviravi for pre-poll.

“It was the first time for me to vote and I did not want to miss out on it at any cost,” he said.

Their mother, Arieta Vani, 44, said that she arrived at the village on Tuesday and expected her chil­dren to arrive later.

As polling was about to end, Ms Vani looked for her son and daugh­ter, who had still not arrived.

“I got worried about them be­cause I really want them to vote,” she said.

With 20 minutes left before poll­ing closed, Ms Vani told the pre­siding elections officer that her children were still on their way. She was relieved when they ar­rived in time.

“I could see both of them were really tired after walking for so long but I’m glad they did not miss out,” she said.

Edited by Jonathan Bryce

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