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Represent all in Fiji's voting system

Fiji Broadcasting Corporation // Published January 14, 2008 in Radio Fiji
The proportional representation system is the way to go for Fiji if the interim government wants to move towards the one-man one-vote system says deposed Prime Minister Laisenia Qarase.

Qarase says under the system all communities will be represented but representation will be proportional to their numbers in the total population.

“As far as I’m concerned that would be a better step forward than a big jump to the system of one- man- one vote because democracy should evolve.

“It is not something that should be imposed on the people without their active participation and without them being consulted by the government of the day,” he added.

Qarase’s comments came as he praised the one-man-one vote system proposed by the interim government for the next general election.

While saying it is good for the country, Qarase believes now is not the right time to implement it.