18 November, 2017, 12:00 am
I believe for someone to qualify to stand for the general election in Fiji, one has to be physically in the country two years before the election date.
I believe in the 2014 General Election, some candidates missed the boat because of this rule. Lately, there have been opinions raised about why Fijians living overseas, including dual citizens, are allowed to vote, arguing that only Fijians living at home should vote and determine the outcome of what and who they choose to govern them. My question is, what is the purpose of the two years regulation mentioned above? If all Fijians living overseas are allowed to vote, shouldn’t the two-year rule be scrapped as well?