Voter in the dark

Shiri Ram on his way home after farming at Yalalevu in Sigatoka Picture: BALJEET SINGH

SHIRI Ram does not have any idea which party to vote for and which candidate’s number is going to get his tick even though the country is a few weeks away from the 2018 General Election.

The only resource the Kavanagasau, Nadroga, farmer has on hand is an election information booklet which he got three months ago.

Other than that, he still wonders if anyone is going to give him another voter information booklet or, at the very least, information about the 235 candidates and the various numbers and parties they represent.

“How will I vote? I have no idea at all of who will be standing in the election and I need to know this basic information before voting,” the 79-year-old shared.

“For me as a senior citizen, it will be quite hard because we are already near election date and I need to be fully aware of what to do and who to vote for.

“I live far away from town, we don’t read newspapers every day and we hope something will be done and we will be updated beforehand.”

Mr Ram has been living in Kavanagasau all his life and he says this is the first time that he has never been informed or given detailed election information well beforehand.

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