Parties criticise vandalism

A FijiFirst party billboard near Vugalei Bridge in Lami was vandalised this week. Picture: SUPPLIED/FACEBOOK

POLITICAL parties have strongly condemned acts of vandalism against any political party’s campaign materials as the nation is set to hold its general election on November 14.

The issue came to light after police confirmed that a FijiFirst party billboard near Vugalei Bridge in Lami was vandalised a few days ago.

National Federation Party leader Professor Biman Prasad said people must learn to respect the campaign strategies of all political parties.

“Nobody should get into that act of vandalism.

So we very strongly condemn that and we hope that there won’t be similar cases of vandalism until the elections,” Prof Prasad said.

He said their party had also experienced similar events during the 2014 General Election.

HOPE party president Tupou Draunidalo said they did not condone such acts because they would not want the same to be done to their party.

“If you are disappointed and upset about the way things are in the country, the only way to do it is vote in the elections and vote for the right leader,” she said. Freedom Alliance party leader, Jagath Karunaratne shared the same sentiments.

“People should understand they need to vote in the upcoming general elections and that is the role they are going to play. Rather than getting into groups and going against each other, they should focus on making a difference in the upcoming general elections,” he said.

Fiji Labour Party leader Mahendra Chaudhry refused to comment on the issue when contacted yesterday.

Yesterday, police chief operations officer Acting Assistant Commissioner of Police Maretino Qiolevu said no one had been taken in for questioning by police regarding the issue.

“Members of the public need to be mindful of their actions and control their emotions regarding political matters because any breach of the law will be thoroughly investigated,” he said.

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