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Lal Proud She’s Done Her Civic Duty

First-time voter Ashna Lal was among the registered voters who cast their ballots at a polling centre at Rewasa Village in Naroko, Ra, yesterday. The Rakiraki Public High School Year
18 Nov 2018 10:13
Lal Proud She’s Done Her Civic Duty
Ashna Lal after casting their vote yesterday. Photo: WAISEA NASOKIA

First-time voter Ashna Lal was among the registered voters who cast their ballots at a polling centre at Rewasa Village in Naroko, Ra, yesterday.

The Rakiraki Public High School Year 13 student arrived at the cen­tre with her parents and elders at 7.30am.

“It is an important day for me be­cause it is my first election,” she said.

“I feel proud and happy that my voice will be heard. I want to vote for a government that has done a lot and will continue to do that,” the 18-year-old said.

A total of 408 voters were expected to cast their vote at the centre.

Alipate Tora, 47, who works as a postal assistant at the Post Office at Rakiraki, was the first person to cast his vote at the centre at Rewasa Village. Voting on Wednesday was cancelled because of flooding.

“Today we choose the representa­tive to be part of the government,” he said.

“I came here last Wednesday then we are told to return. We need to be obedient to come and voice our say. If I am required to vote again, I will be obedient since I do view this seri­ously.”

Village headman Amena Waqata­bu was walking around the village before 7am to announce the event before the door were opened.

He said, “It is very important for the villagers to return and cast their vote despite some have completed casting their votes on Wednesday. There were reports of heavy rain that led to the early closing of the polls.”

Meanwhile, 213 voters were regis­tered to cast their vote at the polling centre at Rarapatu mandir.

Edited by Epineri Vula

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