Opposition will be effective

THE National Federation Party believes it will be an effective opposition and the three seats in Parliament it won will allow it to still lobby for issues the party had been aggressively advocating for.

In a press conference at the NFP headquarters yesterday, leader Professor Biman Prasad said despite the major setback in not winning any seats in the past three general elections, team NFP had done remarkably well in winning three seats this year.

“The NFP will be an effective opposition party in parliament. We will work with all members of parliament, including those in Government benches to ensure the parliament becomes an effective debating chamber on important issues affecting the people of Fiji,” Mr Prasad said.

“We will do so in an open and transparent manner. We will criticise government’s policies not just for the sake of doing so, but provide credible alternatives.

“At the end of four years, we will once again appear before the people of Fiji and be judged on whether or not we have performed effectively as a party, both in and outside parliament.”

Mr Prasad will be joined in Parliament by Tupou Draunidalo and Prem Singh.

He said although they won minority seats, they were happy they would now be represented in parliament considering how the party had fared in the past three elections.

He said it was no mean feat that a party, which had not been in parliament for the past 15 years, won three seats.

“As a party born out of the struggle for equality, dignity and justice for all our people, the NFP has reclaimed its rightful place in parliament. Three seats may be a small step but a giant stride for us. There can be no doubt whatsoever about this.”