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Independent candidate collects signatures

Dawn Gibson
Sunday, May 25, 2014

SIGNATURES flowed in yesterday morning as aspiring independent candidate Roshika Deo set up two tables — one in Nasinu and one at Laucala Beach — to collect signatures for her Be the Change Campaign.

In an interview yesterday, Ms Deo said it was great to see so many people take the time to ask her questions and inform themselves about policies before making a decision.

"It was good because a lot of people were interested and they wanted to know more, but what was really good to see was that people were actually asking questions before they made their decision," Ms Deo said.

"People were interested and they were really trying to become informed before making their decision and that's really good because it shows that the voters are caring about who they want to vote for and who they support.

"Voters obviously want to know more — this is just the start of voters trying to make more informed decisions about their future."

Ms Deo said some of the drawbacks were that a lot of people had already signed up for other parties and some had not brought their voter identification cards with them.

"But I think combined we collected a couple of hundred signatures, which is great, so it went well."

When asked how many signatures they had collected so far, Ms Deo said she was yet to tally all the signatures from drives around Suva, Labasa and Lautoka.

"Because I'm an independent candidate, I'll have to collect 1000 signatures, not 5000 like the parties.

"Also we don't have to register as well, we just have to submit our signatures together with a writ in August."

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