One constituency model does not work – Rabuka

PAP leader Sitiveni Rabuka during a press conference in Suva. Picture: ATU RASEA

The one constituency model established by the Bainimarama Government does not work, says The People’s Alliance party leader and former prime minister Sitiveni Rabuka.

At a news conference yesterday, he said the removal of local constituency-based voting by the Bainimarama administration had prevented fair representation and local engagement between parliamentarians and constituents.

“Local constituencies were scrapped and all members of Parliament were supposed to look after all the voters across the country.

It is like the whole of Fiji has become one whole constituency,” Mr Rabuka said.

He claimed people were unaware of who their representatives were and they had not been visited by anyone after the 2018 election.

“I was at a meeting last night and I asked them who your representative is? They did not know. I asked them who they voted for, they knew.

Have they been to see you? They haven’t. “Clearly it doesn’t work, the one constituency model has damaged democracy and made it more distant from the people.”

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