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Academic encourages Pacific voters to look at policies not personalities

30 August 2017

Posted in: Pacific Radio News,

Photo/ Huffington Post.

A Samoan academic is urging Pacific voters not to be swayed by personality politics.

With four weeks to go until polling day, the general public has been inundated with election promises from different political platforms.

Dr. Iati Iati from the University of Otago's Department of Politics hopes Pacific voters will base their election choices on policies, not personalities.

"Over the last 10 years there's been a trend towards personality-based politics as opposed to politics based on policies," he says.

National Party candidate Agnes Loheni, who is standing in the Mangere electorate in South Auckland, says she's come across many people who don't know any of the political parties' policies.

"When I've been out door-knocking every night in Mangere, a lot of people aren't actually aware of policies anywhere," she says.

Dr. Iati says it's time Pacific people tune in to the details of what each party is actually about. 

 "I would encourage Pacific peoples to carefully scrutinize the policies and see which ones make sense and are logical and on that basis, make their decisions," he says.

Dr. Iati Iati. Photo/ University of Otago.

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