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Call to be apolitical

Repeka Nasiko
Saturday, May 31, 2014

THE Ba Provincial Council has decided not to discuss politics during council meetings.

And council chairman Ratu Tevita Momoedonu said all provincial councils should respect the rights of individuals and be apolitical.

He said this message of being apolitical was relayed "loud and clear" to members during the two-day meeting in Viseisei, Vuda.

"The advice to them was please stay away from talking about politics within the council," he said.

Ratu Tevita said past experiences had taught him not to involve provincial councils with politics.

"I really have learnt something big because I was involved in the creation and formation of the provincial party in 1998 to participate in the 1999 elections.

"But that oversight was done by the chiefs. Politics should not be discussed and that is a private thing for each individual.

"The councils all throughout Fiji should maintain that boundary.

"There is a clear demarcation between the provincial council and the individual rights.

"We have stayed away from discussing any political matters unlike what happened in 1998 when the chiefs of Ba were supportive of forming their own political party."

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