Bativia, 73, to accept result

Jonetani Bativia with other villagers after casting their votes at Vanuakula Ra. Picture: BALJEET SINGH

CARRYING his portable radio, Jonetani Bativia listened intently to the two-hour debate between SODELPA leader Sitiveni Rabuka and FijiFirst leader Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama as they discussed their party policies.

The 73-year-old, aided by a walking stick, held on to the portable radio while lining up to cast his vote at the Vanuakula pre-polling station in Ra yesterday day.

When asked about his thoughts on the debate, Mr Bativia said he was hoping to learn more about the two leaders before he cast his vote.

“Ever since the debates started, I’ve been listening to the radio from the morning until the afternoon,” he said.

“I listen to everyone talking about their policies and what they will give us. “It’s very interesting.”

After casting his vote, Mr Bativia returned to his radio to listen to the exchanges on an iTaukei program.

“I hope that either Bainimarama or Rabuka continues to work for the people.

“My prayer is for them to look at us. Look to the people and what they need. Bring back the GCC (Great Council of Chiefs) and protect our land.

“But whoever wins, at the end of the day I will have to accept the result.”

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