A Pacific media expert says Fiji is still not a fully-fledged democracy and is recovering from the impacts of the 2006 coup – the country’s fourth since gaining independence 52 years ago.
The University of the South Pacific’s head of journalism associate professor Dr Shailendra Singh said Fiji’s transition from authoritarianism to greater democracy is an ongoing process.
Singh said that is why it is important that everyone accepts the outcomes of the 2022 general elections, which must be held before January 9 next year.
“The reason is simply that any stalemate or instability could be very damaging. Any instability will undo all those painstaking achievements we’ve made since 2006.
There are also wider implications, given that Fiji is a major country in our region. So, any instability in Fiji is not good for the region as a whole,” he said.
Nearly 690,000 Fijians have registered to cast their vote across 1468 polling stations when the much-anticipated general elections are held.
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