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Hope for fair rules

Shalveen Chand
Thursday, January 30, 2014

A YOUNG aspiring politician is hoping that members of the public including political parties will be consulted before the electoral legislation is gazetted and put into force.

Independent candidate Roshika Deo said this would promote ownership and transparency.

"I want to emphasise that when making the electoral rules and even when the commission is carrying out their work there should be consultation with the community, with intended candidates and political parties and other stakeholders. This allows for more perspectives and in-depth analysis," said Miss Deo.

Ms Deo had been busy with her Be The Change Campaign.

She said it was a political movement led by women and young people.

"It has been doing community outreach around Fiji talking to people within our networks on what their vision is for Fiji, what their concerns are and how should we shape the future of our country," Ms Deo said.

"Be The Change is committed to ensuring that the voices of young people and women are heard and that they are active participants in this process, and that they have access to information to make informed opinions.

"The young people and the women of Be The Change are committed to the people of Fiji and our country to not only promote but to actually practise unity, participatory democracy and sustainable development."

The election is earmarked to take place before September 30.