2022 General Election: ‘Let’s welcome new ideas, new initiatives’


‘WE want change.’

This was what most voters said when asked why they got up in the early hours and travelled great distances just to get to the pre-polling stations in Vanua Levu to vote in the 2022 General Election.

In Seaqaqa, Iosefo Jese said the people in his area wanted to see a change in government.

“Let’s welcome new ideas and new initiatives that the next Government will bring in,” he said.

“We don’t know what they will bring but it will be good to have a change.”

Navakuru villager Lavenia Dimaravu said she wanted to see change not only with developments and policies but new people at the helm of the administration.

“Sometimes it’s good to have a change because different types of leadership will bring, probably new things that we don’t know about,” she said.

Lekutulevu villager Mereadani Verearau said she was “happy and at peace” for casting her vote.

“Au sa marau saraga, qai vaacegu niu sa veidigidigi (I am so happy and at peace now that I’ve voted),” she said.

“I want to see changes, especially for our children and grandchildren.”

Waisali villager Malakai Veitacini said he wanted to see his children live in a healthy and promising environment.

At pre-poll stations on Viti Levu, voters in the hinterlands expressed similar sentiments saying they wanted a leader who served everyone, irrespective of whether they supported them or not.

Others said they wanted to be consulted and while they were thankful to Government for developments in their communities, they were concerned about the changes in laws on which they had no say.

At Nameka, Tailevu, Isiromi Bayameyame, said this was especially important for laws that affected indigenous Fijians.

Villager Kinisimere Ravadrau said: “We’re thankful, but we want to see a change.”

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