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Time for young people's voices to be heard

Siteri Sauvakacolo
Tuesday, June 24, 2014

NATIONAL Federation Party candidate Jone Vakalalabure believes it is time for young people's voices to be heard.

Mr Vakalalabure said as a young person he had experienced three coups, adding "I can no longer stand on the side and complain about how our lives should be run".

"I believe it's time we grab the opportunity and make our voices heard and be counted — gone are the days where our intellect has to be challenged by an elite few who think we can't decide for ourselves.

"We are sent to schools by our parents to get good education and it's about time we put that knowledge to good use.

Mr Vakalalabure said he decided to contest the election when he learnt 80 per cent of voters were what he termed intellectual capital — those ranging from 18-45 years of age.

"When calculating the figures and the number of registered voters for the election, I see that 80 per cent of these voters belong to what I would like to term intellectual capital or the economic backbone of this country.

"The age group between 18 to 45 and if we make up that composition, I see no reason why we should not be represented in parliament.

"I respect the views and wisdom of those who have gone before us — they have done a good job and we could do a better job."

He added as an individual and a collective member of the NFP, their top priority was to bring back the economy of this nation as well as investors confidence, eradicating poverty and improving the lives of ordinary people.

The Tunuloa, Cakaudrove native added he would also look into issues such as HIV/AIDS, education and climate change — something he had been involved in for the past 10 years.


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