Chand: Poll date revelation a relief

Parmod Chand. Picture: FILE

NATIONAL Federation Party former member of parliament Parmod Chand has labelled the revelation of the date of the 2018 polls as a relief.

Mr Chand said it was a sigh of relief for him and the people of Fiji who had been waiting for so long.

“People had been anticipating and wondering about the election date and to have it announced is a great relief,” he said.

“Elections are important for any country because it makes a fundamental contribution to democratic governance.

“Elections that are properly conducted exemplify all that is good about a democracy and their outcomes provide the best indication of the preferences of a majority, or at times, a plurality of the public.”

Mr Chand said elections needed to be fair and free, adding that he hoped that this election would be transparent.

“The people of Fiji need clear, transparent and fair elections.

“Also with the issue of the Writ for Election yesterday, we can finally prepare ourselves for the election and begin our campaigns.

“Personally, I think that these processes and procedures have been long overdue.”

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