‘Reject politics of division, lies’
3 October, 2018, 12:00 pm
PRIME Minister Voreqe Bainimarama says he is concerned that many politicians will try to divide Fijians by instilling fear and mistrust in them in the lead-up to next month’s general election.
In a statement yesterday, he said in the coming weeks there would be debate between politicians and Fijians must always listen for the truth and actively demand it.
“We’ve seen that many times in our history — but we cannot tolerate that old, hateful style of politics any longer,” he said.
“Every Fijian should reject those politics of division, lies and animosity, by shunning any who attempt to pit Fijian against Fijian on the basis of religion, ethnicity, gender, province, socioeconomic status or background.”
President Jioji Konrote issued the Writ for the 2018 General Election on Monday, commanding the Electoral Commission to hold this year’s election on November 14.
Mr Bainimarama said on November 14, every Fijian voice would matter equally, regardless of where they lived, their social status, family name and their ability, and regardless of their religion, province, ethnicity or gender.
“Like in 2014, the outcome of this election will reflect the will of the Fijian people; that same mandate that endowed my Government with our sacred duty to build a better today and brighter tomorrow for every Fijian,” he added.