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Vote-buying claims

Nasik Swami
Friday, April 04, 2014

LABOUR leader Mahendra Chaudhry says vote-buying techniques have not worked in the past and would not work this time around as well.

Mr Chaudhry claims that Minister for Women Dr Jiko Luveni's distribution of sewing machines in the Lau Group recently was a vote-buying effort.

"Dr Luveni was distributing sewing machines in the Lau Group two weeks ago and in the North a couple of months back. Several homes are now being donated to families who lost their homes in floods last year," he claimed.

Mr Chaudhry said civil servants were also holding roadshows in the North to advise on rural housing, initiate self-help projects, provide water and engage in poverty alleviation activities.

"These are all vote-buying efforts using public officials and funds," he claimed.

In response, Dr Luveni said Mr Chaudhry's comments were nothing new.

"I have been doing this for so many years.

"My goodness, it's unbelievable," she said.

Dr Luveni said she was honoured to be selected by the Prime Minister for his proposed association.

"I still have a lot of work to do that I would really like to finish for women and underprivileged in Fiji."

She said if given the opportunity to be in government for a few years, she would be able to complete her ministry's program for Fijians and for those receiving social services.

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