Make votes count, Ro Teimumu urges voters

SODELPA candidate Dr Mere Samisoni (left) and Ro Teimumu Kepa campaign at Qauia in Lami on Thursday, November 01, 2018. Picture: JONACANI LALAKOBAU

OPPOSITION Leader and Social Democratic Liberal Party candidate Ro Teimumu Kepa has urged voters to not vote for the small parties in the November 14 general election.

While addressing party supporters at a SODELPA campaign meeting at Qauia Village in Lami on Thursday night, Ro Teimumu said it was important that voters understood the 5 per cent threshold when going to cast their votes.

She said after the 2014 General Election, only three political parties went into Parliament because they met the threshold.

“This year if parties need to get into Parliament, we will need 31,000 votes. For small parties to get the 31,000 votes, it will be very hard,” Ro Teimumu said.

“The big parties will be able to get it.

“So what I’m trying to say is that is for us not to vote for the small parties because your votes will just go to waste.”

Ro Teimumu also told supporters at the campaign that voters between the ages of 18 and 50 years made up 70 per cent of the voting population and their votes were vital in defeating the ruling FijiFirst party. “It is very important for you to go and cast your vote on that day.

“The 5 per cent threshold is very important,” she said.

“The age groups from 18-50 years, it’s very important for you to go and vote. You make up 71 per cent of the voting population.

“Your votes will determine the government that will come in after November 14.

“That means for those above these age groups to remind your children, grandchildren and relatives at home between the ages of 18 and 50 years about our future generations and our children’s education, cost of living and other things.

“This is because sometimes some young people can just follow their peer groups and decide to all vote for one party without understanding the importance of their vote if it is good or bad,” she added.

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