A Marovo Lagoon man from Western Province has cautioned voters of Marovo constituency to be conscious and not to be swayed by the charisma of intending candidates.
James Peojama, a resident of Bishop Dale, urged Marovo voters to be steadfast and choose the right leader with an open mind.
“We have intending candidates who have already shown who they are, they stayed in Honiara and build up their profile while leaving us, the voters, high and dry at home,” Peojama said.
“Few even used the media to paint a righteous picture of them and even sell themselves as potential candidates for the highest post of the land, the Prime Minister,” Peojama added.
“It seems they dream of going ahead without realising that it is we, the Marovo people, who will decide who to represent us in the tenth parliament,” the Marovo elder said.
Peojama also added that as an elder of Marovo Lagoon he wants to see people to choose a leader that has the heart for the rural people.
“A leader that has the heart for the rural people is one that comes to the rural village and feel for himself the challenges faced by men, women and children,” Peojama said.
“One who comes to the village and talk with us and not prioritising Honiara as the campaigning post,” the Marovo elder stated.
Peojama also calls on voters to judge a potential leader by his or her track record.
“A leader’s past is always a good guide for voters; his record says a lot about him- for instance, if he rarely touches base with the rural people do not vote for him because he will never change,” Peojama stated.
“A candidate that had once made a controversial decision will never stop from continuing it, voters must know this and avoid voting such personality,” Peojama added.
Meanwhile, Peojama reiterated that Marovo voters must be vigilant and choose the leader that has the heart for the ordinary men and women in the village.