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'Never give up' on Fiji

Shalveen Chand
Tuesday, January 07, 2014

AS elections are set for later in the year, the People's Democratic Party wants Fijians to exercise their right to vote, which party spokesman Nirmal Singh said was an important responsibility in a democracy.

"We are saddened that people are refusing to register and vote as a sign of protest and loss of confidence in our political system.

"My message to these citizens is that by losing hope in our political system, you are losing hope in our nation," said Mr Singh.

"Never give up on your nation. Your hope is the hope of our future generations."

Mr Singh said Fiji was a young democracy with many challenges but together the people could overcome all obstacles.

"It is your vote that can make this happen.

"It is time people take responsibility towards their nation and take time out to register and vote.

"You owe it to your nation and its future generations."

Mr Singh said the PDP believed in having a country which was prosperous and where everybody was equal.

"We can only achieve this together and that is why we need everyone of the eligible voters to register and vote and take ownership of the country. Political parties can have a plan.

"It's the people who can make this happen.

"We are pleased with the registration process carried out by the government so far and their resolve to reach out to people on islands and remote areas.

"We are impressed with the voter registration information with photos provided in the voter roll as it makes our work easier in verifying information in respect of voters.

"I urge the government to continue the registration process and to make voter rolls accessible to the public.

"Copies of rolls should be available for public inspection at city councils, libraries and other convenient public places where people can readily verify their registration information."

So far, the government has registered 540,000 people.

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