2018 General Election: Widow exercises her right

75-years-old Sulita Durutolu is happy to cast her vote at Savusavuitaqa village yesterday. Picture LUKE RAWALAI

WITH a smile on her face, widow Sulita Durutolu, 75, said she felt content about being part of Fiji’s 2018 General Election and having a hand in selecting the next government.

The Dogotuki native in Macuata, who stays in her family home at Savusavuitaqa Village, a 45-minute ride from Labasa Town, said since voting in the 1980s, this year’s election was one of the simplest she had ever experienced.

The outspoken mother of 10 children said she had also called her children around the country reminding them to exercise their right to vote.

“After voting today (Monday) I felt that even at this age I still have a purpose and taking part in the selection for the new government makes me really proud,” she said.

“To the next government, I would like to request them to keep their promises to the people of this country and to increase the pensions for old widowed people like me who do not have any support as my children are outside Vanua Levu.”

Another villager, Taniela Batisaresare, said for long the villagers wanted a health centre to serve more than 1000 people in the area, including the villages of Vuraiqilai, Nasealevu and Vatuwa.

The 72-year-old said since the existence of their village, expectant mothers in the four villages had to stay with relatives in Labasa to get medical services.

“People pay $60 one way to take their wives or any emergency case to hospital,” he said.

“We also need proper water piping system because we feel that has denied our right to clean drinking water for a long time now.”

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