Po­lit­i­cal de­bates

Dhar­men­dra Ku­mar, Suva

Fiji Sun - - Comment -

Can­di­date de­bates are not con­sti­tu­tion­ally man­dated, but it is con­sid­ered to be an im­por­tant el­e­ment in choos­ing the right can­di­date.

In the United States, the pres­i­den­tial de­bates are held late in the elec­tion cy­cle. The de­bates are tar­geted mainly at un­de­cided vot­ers; those who tend not to be par­tial to any po­lit­i­cal party.

The ad­van­tage of a po­lit­i­cal de­bate is that it stim­u­lates voter in­ter­est and ed­u­cate vot­ers quickly.

A good po­lit­i­cal de­bate will al­low vot­ers to as­sess po­ten­tial leader’s in­tel­lect and check their moral com­pass.

A lot of cam­paign prom­ises have been made and some are no doubt, un­re­al­is­tic.

A po­lit­i­cal de­bate will help set­tle the mat­ters on is­sues such as re­tire­ment age, schol­ar­ships, the Great Coun­cil of Chiefs and other im­por­tant poli­cies.

If the de­bate does hap­pen then we as vot­ers will have the op­por­tu­nity to iden­tify false prom­ises.

When you put peo­ple in the spot­light, they may try to wrig­gle out or evade truth.

My dream team for this par­tic­u­lar po­lit­i­cal de­bate would be; Prime Min­is­ter Voreqe Bain­i­marama, the At­tor­ney-Gen­eral Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, SODELPA leader Si­tiveni Rabuka, Op­po­si­tion leader Ro Tei­mumu Kepa, Na­tional Fed­er­a­tion Party leader Bi­man Prasad and Unity Fiji Party leader Save­naca Narube.

A po­lit­i­cal de­bate is like a job in­ter­view and we as the in­ter­view panel look for cer­tain traits as to who gets the job.

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