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Youth aspires for seat

Avinesh Gopal
Wednesday, September 18, 2013

HE believes in multiracialism and the need for youths to have representation in parliament.

With the aim to improve the lives of youths and people who are struggling, Jone Baravilala Rasi has decided to contest the 2014 elections under the People's Democratic Party banner.

Originally from Matawalu Village in Lautoka, Mr Rasi, 31, is a part-time student at the USP's Fiji Centre in Lautoka doing a Diploma in Leadership, Good Governance and Human Rights.

He was the youth coordinator for the Ba Provincial Council for a few years. He left the position last year to concentrate on his studies.

But he is still an active member of the council's youth executive committee and is involved in working with the grassroots people.

Mr Rasi says he entered politics with the view to address youth issues if he wins in the elections and becomes a parliamentarian.

"I believe that youth issues in the country can only be addressed fully or achieved when youths are actively involved in the political arena," he said.