Widow Wary of numbers

Farisha Ahmed

A widow, Salote Timacilai, 85, of Nakasi, near Nausori, says numbers on ballot papers will be too complicated for her.
She says she would struggle when she goes to vote on September 17.
She was one of 12 people at the Fiji Labour Party campaign meeting in Chadwick Road, Nakasi, last night. Three candidate nominees, Deo Narain, Pratap Sen and Maika Tauva spoke to the people.
Ms Timacilai, who has seven children and more than 20 grandchildren, said she had difficulty in reading and memorising things.
“I do not understand this new system because for people like us, it will be hard and we cannot trust the officers assisting us because not everyone can read and write and we can be deceived,” Ms Timacilai said.
“If only there were symbols or pictures of the candidate, it would have been easier.”
Ms Timacilai has been a strong supporter of the FLP since the leadership of Timoci Bavadra.
“I have supported the party because of its values and principles,” she said.
“They fight for the right of the people, for the labourers, for a better lifestyle for everyone.
“The party actually does what it says and this is one reason I have my faith in the party.”
Ms Timacilai urged all voters to vote wisely and responsibly so that God could help the best party to form the government after the elections.
The Fijian Elections office says help will be available for those who need it on polling day. People need to know only one number, that of the person they are voting for.



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  1. Dear Salote
    If you can’t read, write or memorise, I suggest that you abstain from voting. Or better still vote for Khaiyum’s Fiji First and your memory will come back.

  2. This lady is absolutely right and honest. Everywhere in the world party’s symbol and photos of candidates are on the ballot paper.
    This election has to many restrictions and it is for sure that the election will not be free and fair.

  3. Amnesty International says Mr Bainimarama’s eight years in power have seen ongoing serious human rights violations fuel a climate of fear that must be brought to an end.

    “A combination of draconian laws, a pattern of intimidation and harassment of those who are critical of the government, as well as reports of torture by the security forces, have created a climate of fear in Fiji,” said Grant Bayldon, executive director at Amnesty International New Zealand.

  4. “” seven children and more than 20 grandchildren “”

    Perhaps she needs to ask her tribe to spend some time explaining the system to her and ensuring she recognises the number she must mark.

  5. Bainimarama’s visit ‘disgusts’ NZ Fijians
    By Sophie Ryan
    1:57 PM Saturday Aug 9, 2014
    Commodore Frank Bainimarama. Photo / Greg Bowker
    The presence of Fiji’s interim Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama in Auckland has “disgusted” Fijians living in New Zealand.
    Around 30 people holding placards and Fijian flags has marched in Manukau to the Vodafone Events Centre where Mr Bainimarama is holding a Fiji First festival to campaign for his political party ahead of elections in Fiji this year.
    Protestor Shailendra Raju said it was “simply disgusting” that Mr Bainimarama was in Auckland this weekend.
    “It’s mind-boggling that after all that has happened the New Zealand government is willing to facilitate this,” he said.
    “I think the appeasement policy of John Key’s government has gone too far.”
    He said he felt the government had “turned a blind eye” to evidence the elections in Fiji were not fair.
    When the protestors arrived at the gates of the Vodafone Events Centre they were told to keep their protest to the road.
    The protesters were told Mr Bainimarama hadn’t arrived yet and to keep the protest to the road.
    Protestors became enraged and demanded to be let in by security.
    One of the organisers of the protest Frank Robalakadava said New Zealanders should be angry the government has allowed Mr Bainimarama in to the country.
    “The whole international community knows he is holding the whole of Fiji hostage at the point of a gun.”
    Mr Robalakadava came to New Zealand as a refuge in 2009.
    “We want to be visible and drive a point here that we don’t want him in New Zealand. New Zealand has never allowed a dictator in here before. Who will be next? Mugabe?”
    The protestors were met by some Fiji First supporters who told them they were not wanted here.
    Sebastian Joseph left Fiji in 2003 because of the racism he experienced as an Indian in Fiji.
    He said Mr Bainimarama has created a Fiji that is fair for both native Fijians and Fijian Indians.
    “[The festival] is going to be really good. I’ve got a lot of respect for [Bainimarama].”
    “He gave us fairness and the ability to call ourselves Fijians.
    “I was staying in Fiji without an identity before he stepped in.”
    Mr Joseph said the presence of the protestors wouldn’t ruin the positive atmosphere at the festival.
    He said everyone at the event believed the elections would be fair and Mr Bainimarama would be elected prime minister “by a landslide”.
    – APNZ

  6. holy shit this old bitch can’t count- how many dalo in a bundle for $5- work it out and lets go from there

    how interesting a full blooded i taukei as a refugee in nz after 2009- give me a break- must have left lots of debt in fiji for taxpayers- you are not genuine refugees- go back to your homeland- you own native land

  7. “” Bainimarama’s visit ‘disgusts’ NZ Fijians “”

    The trouble with those guys over there is that they do all not know how hard he’s been working and this short holiday trip will be good for him.

    But he may as well take a whole month holidaying there as there’s no work for him to do before the elections now, the polls tell the outcome.

  8. I request people like Veena Batnagar (FBC) and the likes of her to address the leader of NFP by Professor Biman Prasad.
    Do not call him by his name. He deserves to be called Professor Biman Prasad.
    Veena Batnagar we all know your daughter has eloped with a Muslim.

  9. Veena Batnagar who the f are you to tell the people that we should forget the past. Past cannot be forgotten and revenge will take place one today which you will remember forever.

  10. My fellow citizens of Fiji. This election is nothing less than the final touchdown in the most evil game of deceit, treachery and criminal actions ever perpetrated against the people of Fiji by a few cunning men and women. It is the final nail in the national coffin which will bury the rights and freedoms which distinguishes us as free men and women. This election is really the final act to the most elaborate drama of blatant criminal sabotage of our nation.

    Do you ever wonder why the ballot papers will only have numbers with no faces? These thugs don’t care about us. They only care about themselves and no one else. Their sole reason is to get the numbers to get to parliament where they will be ordained and sworn in as the indisputable rulers of Fiji for as long as they want, according to their own rules.

    But the real question is what are we going to do about it? When Voreqe, Kahiyum and their group win this election, what then? It will be too late to complain. Too late to protest. Too late to call for a recount. Too late to recommend a caretaker Government. Too late to petition the useless idiot at Government House. Too late for peaceful action. Too late to reason with these criminals. The only way out of our reality after they have declared election victory would be a physical confrontation to oust them from power.

    I sure hope the other parties and leaders have carefully analysed the situation and have accounted for every contingency. Is the post – election confrontation part of the pre-election strategy ? These scoundrels have lied and deceived and robbed us for more than seven long years with impunity. This election is their final trap to install them as rulers and condemn us as slaves in our own country. Please be warned and be prepared for the worst but let us continue to strive for the best.

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