Choose the right party, Lt-Col Rika tells Lauans
The Commissioner Eastern, Lieutenant-Colonel Netani Rika (third from left), touring the Lau Group. Photo: LOSALINI RASOQOSOQO.
By LOSALINI RASOQOSOQO reporting from Lau
People in the islands of Lau have been advised not to be easily influenced by political parties. The Commissioner Eastern, Lieutenant- Colonel Netani Rika, stressed this point as he went on with his two- week tour of the Lau Group. He reminded the people that leading up to the general elections this year there would be candidates coming around to campaign. However, he said, people should not be led astray by false promises and negative campaigning which was the ploy of politicians in the past. “Election is coming up and by now some of the politicians or those wishing to stand in the elections will be coming around,” Lt Col Rika reminded them. “You should not be easily influenced. Some will come with many promises and some would rubbish others. “However, you should not be influenced by them but you should look at the bigger picture and the reality,” he said. He said the Government was doing the best it could to bring out the best for the people and serving the people was its priority. He reminded people to vote for the party that would bring them the best. Four parties have so far registered. Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama has revealed he will announce his political party on March 1. Meanwhile, most of the islanders are happy with what the Government is doing. They say they are able to access services that were hard to access before. They also say that former governments had failed to visit them and to hear their grievances and failed to keep their promises.