During this period leading up to the elections the vying politicians are very sharp. They will see the weakness in others and pounce on it. They will pick out a section of the constitution and interpret it for their good. They will dig up the past and use it as a political football. Their critical eye is very sharp at the moment.
OK, that's the usual thing. I only wish they will still be that sharp when they go into parliament and serve us with the same resolve.
Like in the past, politicians will go to the community and paint paradise for them, " I will do this and that, and blah, blah, blah, blah." And when they get elected, they attain the ability to be invisible. And when they want something they take off the cloak that makes them invisible and come along in heavily tinted four wheel drive cars looking hopefully at the people. The people will cook goat curry, speard a mat for the politician to take home. I hope all that will stop.
My only hope is that they will focus on what they will do for the country and not be out to take revenge.
Heck, its a human thing.
Is there some place the ordinary citizen of Fiji can go to to get information on how the general elections will work? For instance, with just one vote per person what if only three numbers are crossed by every voter in Fiji, how will parliament be formed? Will there be only three people in it?
A few of us in the cane belt of Mulomulo would like to prepare ourselves for after September so that we may understand what is going on.
How will parliament be formed and how will the opposition be formed are just some of the questions we ask.
Allen Lockington is a self-employed customs agent and business consultant who has regular articles published in Fiji. I thank Allen for permission to reprint some of them in this political blog. They remind us that life goes on, whatever the political situation. And it's good to know that.