With depression settling all around at the endorsement of dictatorship by voters, Wadan Narsey has shone a bright light into all the gloom to give his take on why the voters did what they did. Given he’s an economist it’s no surprise that he thinks bread and butter issues decided it for most voters, along with the fanning of fears of ethno-nationalism among the Indo-Fijian voters. Free education, free water, lots of scholarships all played their part. Governance issues raised by all opposition parties didn’t grab with the voters. Now if Bainimarama and Khaiyum don’t honour their promises in full the voters will have only weak accountability mechanisms to hold the government to account.
Fiji Times 21 Sept 2014 The Voting Behaviour in the Fiji 2014 Elections