Our election process

The process that should culminate with our 2018 General Election continues.

Electoral Commission chairperson Suresh Chandra said a vote that a voter casts on election day goes to a politician and political party, but it impacts the nation.

He spoke at the launch of the “Know Your Election” awareness drive at Suva’s Grand Pacific Hotel on Tuesday.

Mr Chandra said the awareness campaign which started yesterday would disseminate balanced, non-partisan and objective information on what voters needed to know to exercise their right to vote.

Fijian Elections Office voter services co-ordinator Aisake Saukawa confirmed 45 voter awareness teams would be deployed, and would be travelling extensively nationwide for the next six weeks.

The election information booklet, he said, would be used as the main tool to educate voters and the booklet had been translated into the Hindustani, Chinese, Banaban, iTaukei and Rotuman languages.

The awareness campaign, he said, was an apolitical exercise designed to inform voters and potential voters to make an informed decision when they turn up to a polling station to mark their ballot paper.

The event effectively marks another chapter in the process building up to our national election.

It is an important part of the process that should aid in how we embrace the election.

For the voter, this is a key part of the process that should end in the majority electing our members of Parliament.

For the political parties and aspiring candidates, the base is slowly being set for them to pursue their dreams to be part of the governing of our beautiful nation.

For the nation, the event is part of the electoral process in motion.

Polling day should really be about voters expressing their right to choose who they want to see in Parliament.

Ideally they should be making an informed choice.

Political parties obviously would be hoping the voter chooses to be informed about everything from manifestos to the readiness of candidates to represent us in Parliament.

In the lead-up to the election, questions would undoubtedly be asked of our aspiring politicians.

Issues that tug at the heartstrings would be raised and candidates held accountable.

We should give ourselves the time to clear doubts and clarify nagging issues.

At the end of the day, it is about the voter being prepared to exercise the right to be a part of the process and being able to make a well-informed decision.

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