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Focus on attitude to democracy

Luke Rawalai
Tuesday, May 20, 2014

PEOPLE in Fiji often take a cavalier attitude towards democracy, says Dialogue Fiji co-ordinator Nilesh Lal.

Speaking at a workshop in Labasa yesterday, Mr Lal said people sometimes did not fully embrace the meaning of democracy.

He said people chose to use democracy as a tool to suit their personal agenda.

"The coming election is the beginning of democratic processes," he said.

"Election is not the end of democracy — it is rather the beginning of processes in which democracy will be instituted.

"Dialogue Fiji is not a forum that deals with politics but it is a forum of avocation where people voice their opinions."

Mr Lal said differences arose because of misconceptions.

"Dialogue Fiji is a forum where these misconceptions are put to rest through dialogue.

"Misconceptions can lead to violence and we believe dialogue is a form of addressing issues."

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