SUVA, Oct. 10 (Xinhua) -- Fijian President Jioji Konrote reflected on the achievements made by Fiji as it celebrated the 48th anniversary of independence on Wednesday.
According to Fiji Broadcasting Corporation (FBC), Konrote said Fiji was approaching its second parliamentary election soon and people need to prepare for it.
"Because elections shape more than the next four years, they can shape the direction of the country for decades to come, by either laying a foundation for our long-term success, or by bringing consequences that ripple for generations of history... As was the case in 2014, our election will be held in a transparent manner and to the highest international standards," he said.
Konrote said regardless of the political differences among Fijians, the bonds of nationhood and common citizenry must always triumph.
He also reminded the public that social media platforms should not be used as a weapon to spread lies and misinformation.
He said Fijians should celebrate Fiji Day as proud daughters and sons of a united nation with equal citizens in a genuine parliamentary democracy.