At around 4 pm on Tuesday 26/8 a young man came to our gate and knocked. We invited him home and he said that he was from the elections office doing awareness on what to do on voting day.
We gave him time speak and when he was finished someone asked a question to which he answered, "Isa, so sorry, I'm not here to answer political questions, I'm just here to make people aware about what to do on elections day."
The chap was polite, soft spoken and answered all relevant questions that we asked him about the elections. And he politely abstained from answering any political questions.
And one thing we found was that you only have two goes at voting. If you make a mistake you can ask for a second copy, make a third and you are out.
But we still would like to know how parliament will be formed.
Getting Tired of Election Talk?
I went to my favourite shop in Waiyavi and asked the owner what party he was backing and who he was going to vote for.
He said that he was not really into politics and he would go with the flow. Meaning which ever party comes into power he will work with them.
And he added, "Allen, you know why I don't really like politics, it divides us, just look at all the name calling going around on the social network. Some people creating false Facebook pages to make others look bad"
He has a point.
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.