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SDL meet for name change

Felix Chaudhary
Tuesday, January 22, 2013

THE Soqosoqo Duavata ni Lewnivanua will change its name to adhere to the provisions of the Political Parties Registration Decree 2013. This was revealed by senior party official Pio Tabaiwalu to The Fiji Times yesterday.

"Our objective is to get to the 2014 elections and we will be holding a special general meeting on Friday to change our name," said Mr Tabaiwalu.

"We will try to come up with a name that is as close as possible to our current acronym.

"The SDL party won 46 per cent of the vote in the last elections on this brand and it is very difficult to come up with a new campaign using a new brand but we will see what we can do," he said.

Mr Tabaiwalu said the other provisions of the decree were well within the means of the party.

He said the 5000 signatures and $5005 registration fee would not be a problem and did not have any issues with the financial disclosure portion of the decree

"Our funding comes from the people and we do not have any assets of any real significance. We have survived on individual contributions in the past and will not have any issues this time around," he said.

Political parties have been given 28 days, beginning last Friday under the decree.