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Voter awareness call

Repeka Nasiko
Tuesday, May 06, 2014

MORE voter education needs to be carried out in the Northern Division, says National Federation Party vice president Parmod Chand.

During his campaigns in the North Mr Chand said the need to raise more awareness in rural communities should be a priority.

"People are still confused," said Mr Chand.

"There needs to be more campaigns and more voting education done to those in rural communities.

"Some of them are not well versed with the electoral system and the one man, one vote concept so they need to be educated on that.

"This should be a voter friendly election but there is still a lot of confusion about the voting process."

He said a lot of the communities the party visited were also ready for a change in leadership.

"A lot of the people we have spoken to are not happy and they face a lot of hardship when it comes to providing for their families.

"There have been too many setbacks for them and they want a change in their standard of living."

Carrying out campaigns on Vanua Levu, Mr Chand said he hoped more polling stations would be opened in the region.

"Coming from Vanua Levu, a lot of people live so far apart and the polling stations that we've seen so far, will not cater for everyone.

"I think there needs to be more polling stations set up here because the current locations will require people to travel from afar to vote."

He said public response from communities they visited had been positive so far.

"It's been really good.

"Our campaigns are doing well and we are happy with the response that we have received so far from our people."

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