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Age, Weather Fail To Deter Women

Age and bad weather failed to deter two women from their casting their votes in the 2018 General Election yesterday despite bad weather. Sankuntala Devi, 74, cast her ballot at
15 Nov 2018 10:00
Age, Weather Fail To Deter Women
Sisters Shiri Mati and Vhir Mati at the Namaka Public Polling Centre in Nadi on November 14, 2018. Photo: Mereleki Nai

Age and bad weather failed to deter two women from their casting their votes in the 2018 General Election yesterday despite bad weather.

Sankuntala Devi, 74, cast her ballot at Baulevu High School, outside Nausori, and said this year’s voting process was the best by far.

Ms Devi said Fijian Elections Office presiding officers were very accommodating.

“I was impressed with their service, first they brought a chair for me then they brought the ballot paper for me to cast my vote,” she said.

Despite the rainy weather, Ms Devi said would not pass up the opportunity to exercise her constitutional right.

Meanwhile, 79-year-old woman Shakuntala Devi braved the rain yesterday with the aid of her walking stick and a jacket to cast her vote at the Suva Society for the Intellectual Disabled at Salato Road, Namadi Heights, Suva.

Ms Devi said she remembers that she had been voting since the first General Election in Fiji in 1972, after independence.

She was assisted by the Fijian Elections Office officials to cast her vote.

“I did not worry of the bad weather because I felt my vote was important,” Ms Devi said.

“We are residents of this country and it is important for us to vote and vote for the right party and person.

“Everyone should vote because our vote matters.

“We have to choose the Government that we want who understands our needs and ensures that we are protected,” Ms Devi said.

Edited by Epineri Vula

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