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‘Nervous’ voter has her say...

Friday June 15, 2018 Written by Published in Politics
Voters at the Avatiu Meeting House where the casting of the votes for the RAPPA seat was held yesterday. Voters at the Avatiu Meeting House where the casting of the votes for the RAPPA seat was held yesterday.

A first-time voter in the 2018 general elections said she faced a mammoth task in making what she considered the right choice heading to the polls yesterday.

 

The 24-year-old, who wished to remain anonymous, said she was nervous heading to her polling station in Nikao.

She said there was not enough unbiased information out there in the lead up to the elections to help her make an informed decision.

“The media campaigns this election have been so overwhelming and you add to that the pressures from family to vote a certain way - it's quite a lot to take in all at once,” the voter said.

“Regardless though I’m glad I voted and I am confident in my candidate and party.”

Another first-timer, who also wished to remain anonymous, said choosing his candidate was not hard but he had faced difficulty in understanding the election process.

“Even though I was certain who I was going to vote for, honestly speaking I didn’t know how the voting process worked,” he said.

“I also felt anxious because our choices are like ripples on water; they seem tiny and insignificant at the beginning but they can become devastating tidal waves by the time they run their course.”

Harriet Tuara-Strickland, who voted for the second time, said she expected the coming government to provide a clean, transparent and efficient administration.

“As a Cook Islander and law abiding citizen, I also want the government to provide me and others with an enabling environment where we can lead our lives with security and dignity,” Tuara-Strickland said.

“I want them to have an entrepreneurial problem-solving attitude. I don’t want them to sit on problems for months and wake up just a few months before elections.

“I want them to take ownership of their district and their country.”