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Diora makes her vote count

Luke Rawalai
Friday, September 05, 2014

EIGHTY-ONE-year-old Melania Diora was relieved when she cast her vote yesterday - after eight years of waiting.

And despite her immobility, she was determined to make a difference by exercising her right to vote.

The chirpy matriarch of Dakuniba Village in Cakaudrove described the voting exercise as liberating.

Ms Diora said before the election she had started hearing of how this year's election was different from the rest.

She added that the expectations formed an uneasiness in her that was finally broken after she voted.

Wheelchair dependent, Ms Diora was transported to the polling station just metres away from her house.

She was assisted to the hall by her grandchildren.

Ms Diora said she always made a point of participating in the country's past elections.

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