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Chief's poll plea

Mere Naleba
Friday, July 04, 2014

PEOPLE from the province of Cakaudrove living in Suva last night met with their paramount chief the Tui Cakau Ratu Naiqama Lalabalavu at the Fijian Teachers Association where he addressed certain issues relating to the province.

In his address, Ratu Naiqama said he had declared his interest in contesting the election but had to properly engage which political party he was to be affiliated with.

He pleaded with his people to carefully consider who they wanted to vote for in the upcoming election and to choose wisely.

Speaking in the iTaukei language, Ratu Naiqama, who also served as the Minister for Lands and Mineral Resources in the Laisenia Qarase government, encouraged those present to follow in his footsteps because he had taken the first step in supporting the SODELPA political party.

He said he had faith in the party that it would help every Fijian, especially landowners, to secure their land.

He also encouraged his people to always think of the different races that have called Fiji their home because they too have contributed enormously to the country's economic growth at one point in their life.

Noting that it would be a one-man voting system, he advised the people to be wise in their choice of the party or candidate.

He said their vote should not go to waste because they would be answerable to the future generations on their choices today.

He said he was confident enough to say that SODELPA had a formidable team though some candidates had yet to declare their interest in joining the party.

Ratu Naiqama said people cannot afford to point fingers or to criticise what past governments have or have not achieved but instead work together to ensure Fijians were protected in all aspects of their lives traditionally, culturally and socially.

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