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Fijians ready to cheer, go Fiji go

Nasik Swami
Saturday, July 19, 2014

IT IS encouraging news that a number of eligible voters are highly interested in Fiji's participation in the Commonwealth Games.

It provides an amazing opportunity for voters to show their support for Fiji's athletes, as we have not participated in the Commonwealth Games since Fiji was suspended from the Commonwealth in 2009.

It is more important that our young people have been given an opportunity to participate at an international level among athletes from various countries.

The latest Tebbutt-Times poll detailed that of the 1028 eligible voting adults, 56 per cent of them, when asked whether they were pleased with Fiji's readmission to the Games, said they were very pleased.

Following this, 28 per cent said they were pleased, 4 per cent were not very pleased and 5 per cent said they did not care at all.

Of the 56 per cent who were very pleased with the readmission to the games, 60 per cent were male and 52 per cent were female, and 59 per cent of them were between the ages of 18 and 24.

The announcement to allow Fiji to participate in the Commonwealth Games was made in March as the full suspension was changed to suspension from the councils of the Commonwealth, allowing Fiji to once again participate in a range of Commonwealth activities.

This was done at the 43rd meeting in London where the Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group (CMAG) recognised the progress being made in Fiji, politically, and decided to change the suspension status.

It welcomed the significant progress made towards holding national election by September.

"These include the promulgation of a new Constitution, the enrolment of more than 540,000 voters, the establishment of an independent Electoral Commission and the commencement of dialogue between the commission and political stakeholders," CMAG said in a statement.

The group welcomed the decision by the Elections Office to open voter registration offices around the country to ensure more voters register.

It urged that the Electoral Commission be provided with the independent authority and resources to oversee the conduct of credible and inclusive elections.

Also, the group noted the logistical challenges still facing the Elections Office.





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