DEAR EDITOR – I write on behalf of the silent grassroot majority who are not benefiting from government incentives to the constituencies (due to reasons beyond our controls) and are only hoping that the additional constituencies created would be a cushion to their needs.
Two reasons (out of 101) why grassroot people are still denied receiving assistance from the government are:
i. That the constituency is too big in terms of landmass and the population, so it needs brainy calculation by the MP to distribute the benefits evenly to the constituents.
ii. That the MP is only serving his voters, and so depriving other members of the constituency their rights to enjoy the services and benefits from the government and to take part in developing the nation.
It was saddening to read in your paper that the additional seats in this coming election is quite impossible due to late timing to put the issue to the Parliament.
The Secretary to the Prime Minister John Keniapisia had said confidently that time is against us.
If the Secretary would stop a while and ponder further, he would realise that it was his Party Integrity Bill that took most of the time in the house.
And now the bill had to move for 2010 sitting, it simply shows lack of wider and proper public consultation.
I applauded and commended the Electorate Officer Polycarp Haununu for his brave statement in response to Mr Keniapisia’s assumption.
Time is not a matter here; the Boundry Commission should submit their reports to the parliament in this current sitting schedule for this month.
Mr Keniapesia must know that we want additional seats, additional voices and additional representatives in the parliament.
If time is the obstacle then find time for it and /or if money is otherwise, then go down on your knees and beg for it.
Didn’t we get use to it?
J. N. Wane
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