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Results reveal lack of interest in council

Nasik Swami
Saturday, August 16, 2014

JUST under half of Tebbutt-Times poll respondents want to bring back the Great Council of Chiefs.

The poll, conducted on 1047 registered voters between August 4 and 6 asked: "Do you think the Great Council of Chiefs should be restored, should not, or do you not care at all?

Results revealed that 48 per cent want the GCC restored; 33 per cent do not; and 15 per cent couldn't care less. Four per cent did not bother to answer the question at all.

The survey results also revealed that 65 per cent of iTaukei supported restoration. For Fijians of Indian descent 30 per cent supported restoration. For people of other races, support for restoration was 42 per cent.

Younger registered voters (18 to 24-years-old) are the most likely to claim they don't care (18 per cent of 18-24 year olds).

Some parties, in their manifestos, have suggested that they will reinstate the GCC if they come into power.

The Tebbutt-Times survey results may strongly indicate the people's views on governing bodies and leadership values, and the fact that having a GCC around is really not a matter of priority or necessity, anymore.

While the poll results show the lack of interest shown by the people, it is interesting to note the views of some of the country's political parties.

Some parties, in their manifesto, have suggested that they will reinstate the GCC if they come into power.

It would also be interesting to see the role the GCC will play in a modern Fiji, if any political party that wins the general election decides to bring it back.

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