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."