Widow Wary of numbers
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.