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Elections officials remind media of role in vote awareness

Nasik Swami
Wednesday, June 11, 2014

IT is important for media organisations to impart the right information to members of the public about voting in the 2014 General Election.

This was remarked by the communications director at the Fijian Elections Office, Josua Tuwere, during a media training session on the September general election in Suva yesterday.

Mr Tuwere said every Fijian had the right to a free and fair election.

"Civic educators or the media will play an important role in disseminating the information," he said.

Mr Tuwere said civic educators needed to be honest.

"Your vote is your vote. No one should influence you."

The Fiji Times publisher and Editor-in-chief Fred Wesley said the role of the media in the lead-up to the September polls would be critical.

"I believe the media has a critical role to play. This (media) is one avenue for people to be informed about how to vote, where to vote and who to vote for," Wesley said.

He said it was important that when people got to the polls, they were well informed in order to make informed decisions.

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