Every vote counts

FIRST-time voters were excited in casting their votes in this year’s general election.

Lekima Babakobau, 20, of Nasese, yesterday accompanied his six family members to Draiba Primary School to cast his vote.

Soon after dipping his finger in a bottle of ink indicating he had already voted, Mr Babakobau said all he wanted was a government that could place the people as top priority.

He said he was happy that also joining him and his other family members was his brother residing in New Zealand.

“I am happy that I have just cast my vote today (yesterday) because this is my first time to vote,” he said.

“I want a government that is going to respect freedom of speech which includes transparency and accountability.”

Another two first-time voters were seen happily strolling out of the Delaivalelevu polling venue calling out to other youths to step forward to cast their vote.

Misaele Usumaki, 20, and Amelia Mateyawa, 20, both of Delaivalelevu, were happy they had voted.

But they said they were disappointed there was a bit of confusion in which polling station to vote in.

The USP students said they wanted to participate in the election because it was the only way to help determine the future of their younger siblings and the future generation.

“Our vote today determines the kind of government we want to lead us,” Ms Mateyawa said.

“Every Fijian should understand that their vote is equally important because we need a good government to lead our country and the outcome of our vote will determine that.”

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