Taking risk for a tick – when your vote matters

Sally Anne is being assisted across the flooded Nabualau crossing in Dawasamu, Tailevu. Picture: SIKELI QOUNADOVU

BEFORE November 14, social media was abuzz with many Fijians voicing their opinions on how government has been in the past four years and their hopes for the government to come in the next four years.

Of everything said on the radio, on television, newspaper and social media, it all came down to the moment when you walked in that polling station to cast your vote.

Your votes decides our future.

Many of us vote because we believe in democracy, we believe in the government to deliver its promises from improving infrastructure, roads, health, education and the list goes one.

When Makitalena Vunisa left her home early Wednesday morning, she said, she wanted to vote because she wanted government to drop food prices.

Ms Vunisa who is originally from Koroboya in Vatukoula has been living at Veikau settlement in the north eastern part of mainland Viti Levu for the past three years.

“Me and my husband are farmers, this has sustained our family.

“We usually travel to Suva to sell our produce or if there is not a lot to be sold we just reach Korovou Town.

“At the moment the price of food is very high for us low income earners, so I hope by voting today the government will see the reduction in food prices,” said the mother of five. Ms Vunisa had to walk four kilometres to cast her vote at the Start Vincent College.

“I sure hope the next government will look at raising this crossing.”

These were the words of Australian tourist Sally Anne while crossing the flooded Nabualau crossing in Dawasamu, Tailevu.

The Melbourne-based lady, who has been in the country for three weeks, said travelling in the north eastern part of Tailevu was part of her quest in experiencing life in the remote parts of Fiji.

“I know Fiji is having its general election, while I have no say in it, I can only hope the government will look into raising this crossing.

“All we want is a government that will look after us and take care of our needs. We want a government that takes us forward and that is why we have voted,” said Qelekuro Village headman Autiko Naitini On Koro Island, villagers are still living in tents and make-shift shelters, so when they cast their votes during the pre-polls it is their dream that rehabilitation works on the island of Koro will speed up.

Every vote matters, your vote matters now that we Fijians have voted, it is now the duty of the government to see to that all grievances and promises are fulfilled.

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