Youth Parliamentary Forum Held In Fiji

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Event takes place at the Parliament Complex

By Vuniwaqa Bola-Bari

SUVA, Fiji (Fijilive, Dec. 18, 2014) – The Fijian Elections Office (FEO) has shown its support to youths who will take part in the Young Fijian Leaders Parliament Forum today.

They have joined hands with Aspire Youth Network, Ministry of Youth and the Fiji Police Force in supporting the Youth Parliament.

Supervisor of Elections Mohammed Saneem says although this is late, FEO will host all the Youth Parliamentarians for morning tea at the Parliament Complex.

"FEO will utilize this opportunity to explain to these future leaders the Electoral Process and also offer details into the 2014 General Election" Saneem said.

[PIR editor’s note: Fijilive reported that discussions during the Youth Parliament include the following: ‘[A] Distorted moral compass is the root cause of problems faced in Fiji, says Youth Parliamentarian Penioni Kuinikoro. ... Kuinikoro said most times people have been shunned from talking about morality in public circles for the sake of political correctness and this has also led to the trade of absolute truths that once governed the nation.’ Also ‘Youths will continue to empower young women and female children, says Youth Prime Minister Paulini Turagabeci. ... Addressing Parliament today, Turagabeci said that with Government recognising the crucial roles played by young women and the girl child in society’s framework, they will also continue their efforts to take this further.’ Finally, ‘The Youth Parliament Forum today heard that young Banaban people on Rabi Island face day to day electricity generation and transportation issues. ... Representative of the Banaban youth and also the president of the Banaban Youth Association at the University of the South Pacific, Jimmy Gaunavou says these are two issues that surround the youths on the island.’]

FEO also plans a nationwide civic awareness plan leading up to the next General Election and youths will play a significant part in it.

It will also work with the Parliament secretariat in this front.

"We are excited about this -to meet the Youth Parliamentarians and certainly hope that they get an experience of a lifetime"

[PIR editor’s note: Fijilive reported that ‘The next Youth Parliament forum will take place in August next year after a motion was passed in Parliament today.’]

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Apparently I would love to join the youth parliament and I am looking forward to be part of it in the next lot.

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