PEOPLE have been urged to approach the 2014 election in a spirit of goodwill and put the welfare and stability of the entire nation above everything else.
The plea was made by President Ratu Epeli Nailatikau in his Fiji Day address to the nation on Thursday.
"I ask our politicians to concentrate on producing constructive policies to take Fiji forward rather than looking backwards and engaging in destructive personal attacks," he said.
"I ask every voter to think for yourself what is best for you and your country rather than simply being led.
"For the sake of Fiji, exercise your choice wisely in the interests of your own generation and for the generations to come."
Ratu Epeli said the new Constitution was important and he urged people to support it "because for the first time we have a supreme law that declares every citizen a Fijian, that declares every Fijian equal, that guarantees ordinary people basic rights, that gives every Fijian child the same opportunity to get on in life".
He said for the first time, the two major vernacular languages would be taught as compulsory subjects in primary schools.
"And for the first time, any Fijian child can grow up to be where I am sitting now — to be the head of State of Fiji."