Friday, April 29, 2016

Government being mean

It's obvious that 'democracy' is hardly the style in Fiji's Parliament. Read on.... in a letter to the Editor of the Fiji Times.


Amenatave Yaconisau,Delainavesi, Lami | Thursday, April 28, 2016
I refer to your headline article by Nasik Swami (FT 27/4/16) where the Opposition party's time to discuss and respond of five minutes was discussed.
This is worrying because it goes against the very essence of democracy i.e of uniting and stabilising the political process. It should not divide but bring together sectional interest of voters and their voices to be heard and discussed well. They should provide coherence not a divided environment.
This brings about stability in the country and is a safety valve because diverse voices are well discussed and harmonised and ways of reconciliation are sought.
It seems that competition is allowed but one party overshadows the other by sheer numerical supremacy and this time around the five minutes responsive time. I know that others freely compete but they lose out when it comes to voting.

I believe this can distort the decision making process if it gives little time to demands of voters. Competitive parties are characteristics of liberal democracies like ours. Let's keep it that way.

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