SOME villagers from Nasukamai in the Nasau District of Ra had to return to the village from Rakiraki Town and Lautoka City just to cast their votes.
As the first day of pre-polling began, the villagers were disappointed that some of their relatives had to return after leaving for the urban towns for the start of a new term.
Village headman Paula Kubu said the pre-polling dates was the cause of confusion.
"We were all prepared for September 17," he said.
"But when we were told that we would cast our votes at the village at an earlier date, it came as a surprise.
"Because some of our villagers had just left for Rakiraki and some of them went right to Lautoka taking their children for the start of the new term. Today, they had to come back to the village just to cast their votes and that is something that concerns us."
Another villager, Mikaele Daulali said those who could not make it would not be able to vote. "Everyone knows that we can't vote anywhere else but only at the polling station that we're assigned," he said.
"So for those that don't come, I they will miss their chance to vote."
Meanwhile, despite the hiccups, villagers and those living on the outskirts trickled into the community hall to cast their vote.
"It is an important time for our nation and I did what I had to do to come and vote," said Unaisi Naivila who walked almost five miles to the pre-polling station.
She walked from Onabua Village in Nauria but said the heat was a small sacrifice. "We left home at 8.30am and it took us about four hours to walk here but at the end of the day it was my decision to come here."