A FORMER cabinet minister believes that people should analyse things and make wise decisions as the country goes to the polls later this year.
Pita Nacuva said the newly-registered voters who were 18 years and above should be wise on what they heard and who they would support in the elections.
"It's really a challenge and that's what democracy is all about. We need to be enlightened on the policies of political parties and independent candidates," he said in an interview.
"This is the time people should start assessing things. They should listen carefully to what the candidates say and ruminate."
Mr Nacuva said it was an interesting and challenging time for voters.
He was the Health Minister in the interim government in 2000 and 2001. He was the Health Minister in the then SDL coalition government from September 12, 2001 to September 15, 2002.
From September 16, 2002 to May 18, 2006, Mr Nacuva was the Tourism Minister in the SDL coalition government. He was elected Speaker of the House of Representatives (Parliament) on June 5, 2006.
"If we listen carefully to what candidates say and ruminate on it, then we will have a government to our expectation," he said.
"We need to analyse what the aspiring candidates are saying.
"People should also sit in groups as family and discuss things as far as politics is concerned. Some are first- time young voters and they need to be enlightened on things."
Mr Nacuva also said people who were committed that their vote would count should make their way to the polling stations instead of waiting for transport provided by political parties.