Former Fiji Labour Party stalwart and former Minister for Labour and Industrial Relations Krishna Datt is warning people not to make any hurried decisions and jump into an existing party for the lack of an alternative.
Datt said people should not feel disillusioned seeing old politicians resurfacing on the scene as this is in the nature of politicians.
“They are looking for gaps to shut people off from other ideas and visions and members of the public should not be in a rush to put all their eggs in one basket, they should continue listening to everyone but make up their own mind close to the election,” said Datt.
He believes a vast majority of the people want to get on peacefully and may feel irritated, angry and annoyed when their personal values, their cherished institutions are threatened but at the end of the day they want peaceful solutions, not further belligerence and antagonism.
“Within this framework, they want to express their views through a quiet and orderly queue to the ballot box. They deserve to be able to do this in their own way and I want to be able to facilitate this and accept the results of their verdict,” he said.
He also said they will be persuading all parties to move first in the direction of parliamentary democracy and their focus must not be derailed by personal gripes, apportioning blame and talks of vendetta and retribution.
By Mereani Gonedua