Suresh Chand, Nadi
The municipal elections will be called once the local government reform is done. This is according to reports in the media.
The sooner it is held, the better it is for all in the country. Ratepayers would be very happy if the election is conducted tomorrow.
It is because with elections returns democracy, transparency and accountability not to mention ratepayers’ ease of accessibility and say in the development of their respective towns. When an elected council returns, the financial burden paying the special administrators will stop.
If that happens, the country saves approximately $400,000 to $450,000 annually. For a country like Fiji, this is a huge saving. The savings can be given to the poor townships as grants. I see changes already taking place in some council where there are no special administrators. Lautoka, Ba and Tavua don’t have any special administrator from 2014. This a good start but I believe it should be standardised across the board.
Let the chief executive officer alone manage their respective towns and cities like the three municipalities mentioned above until elections are held. I hope my suggestion is taken on board for the good of our beloved nation.