Fiji Time: 5:54 PM on Tuesday 31 May

Fiji Times Logo

/ Front page / Elections

Long walk to vote

Litia Vulaidausiga
Thursday, September 04, 2014

AFTER eight long years, the prospect of effectively having a say in the election of Fiji's new government drew voters to polling stations in the remotest parts of Viti Levu yesterday. These included a mainly older adult population at the villages of Namoli, Noikoro, Korovou and Wema in the tikina of Noikoro, and Tuvavatu in Navatusila, Navosa.

The province's vast, rugged terrain has always presented a challenge for travellers, which was evident in the efforts made by some voters to be at their polling stations on time.

Moape Ratu walked over a kilometre from Vatumali to vote at Namoli Village, and like others who trek on foot, had to cross a shallow portion of the Sigatoka River as the gravel road was abruptly ended by the pebbled banks.

Another voter who had registered to vote at the village of Navitilevu, crossed the border from Namosi on Tuesday night for a timely arrival to his polling venue at Nakoro yesterday morning.

Others still, were left confused about dates and schedules of their polling venue, such as an elderly, enthusiastic man near Vatumali who was waiting to hitch a hike to his polling venue before he was informed that the station would be in operation on Saturday.

The information had saved him and two other relatives time and energy, as public transport is far and few in between.

For most, they were just elated to cast their vote after close to a decade, and generally harboured hopes of infrastructural developments that will make them less isolated from Fiji's urban centres.








Fiji Times Front Page Thumbnail

Kaila Front Page ThumbnailFiji Times & Kaila Frontpage PDF Downloads

Use the free Acrobat Reader to view.

Westpac
Code Inward TTs Outward TTs
CAD 0.61980.6008
JPY 53.390050.3900
GBP 0.32380.3158
EUR 0.42620.4142
NZD 0.71570.6827
AUD 0.66380.6388
USD 0.47690.4599

from

$0.00

Exchange Rate updated on 31st May 2016

Today's Most Read Stories

  1. Rio dilemma
  2. Former council worker jailed for raping girl, 16
  3. Chiefly dispute
  4. Shark attack survivor falls just short
  5. A-G warns against abuse of home initiative
  6. Fiji, France negotiate further military co-operation
  7. State pushes for vital Bills
  8. 85,000 study in tents
  9. Different approach to Savusavu tourism
  10. FLOTSAM AND JETSAM

Top Stories this Week

  1. Tears of joy for Jerry's family Thursday (26 May)
  2. Hayne, Ryan miss out Wednesday (25 May)
  3. Prophecy of Nasautoka Come and drink of this life-giving water Sunday (29 May)
  4. Remains of missionary receives a proper burial 200 years later Friday (27 May)
  5. Mother 'locks up' son to go clubbing Sunday (29 May)
  6. Families live in fear Friday (27 May)
  7. 7s fans disappointed Thursday (26 May)
  8. 13 for Rio Saturday (28 May)
  9. Man found dead Monday (30 May)
  10. Fiji Airways gives free trip to 7s players Wednesday (25 May)