Vote cast matters

Fijian Elections Office staff member Tarai Ligairi, left, assists Dudley High School principal Nanise Tuimanono and head girl Anna Morell during the launch of the 2018 General Election "Know Your Election" awareness drive at the Grand Pacific Hotel yester

Fijian Elections Office staff member Tarai Ligairi, left, assists Dudley High School principal Nanise Tuimanono and head girl Anna Morell during the launch of the 2018 General Election "Know Your Election" awareness drive at the Grand Pacific Hotel. Picture: FT File

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

He echoed the above sentiments during the launch of the “Know Your Election” awareness drive at Suva’s Grand Pacific Hotel yesterday.

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

“The vote that is cast on the day of elections matters for the next four years or maybe thereafter. But, it is more crucial for those four years,” Mr Chandra said.

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

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

“We will be starting our campaign tomorrow (today) and in doing so, adhering to the roll out strategy of Rural to Urban Approach,” Mr Saukawa said.

“This awareness campaign is an apolitical exercise simply concerned with informing voters and potential voters to make an informed decision when they turn up to a polling station to mark their ballot paper.”

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