A POLITICAL party is opening more branches to cater for what it claims is its growing number of supporters.
The People's Democratic Party said its Suva branch could not cater alone for its supporters in the district.
"We have decided to form sub-branches at USP, FNU, Tamavua, Wailoku, Nabua, Samabula and Vatuwaqa," said PDP spokesman Nirmal Singh.
On Thursday night, the party formed its USP sub-branch, which saw the attendance of about 50 university students.
Mr Singh said party officials briefed the students on the role, visions and policies of the party.
"We had a discussion session after which the sub-branch was formed. Members of the sub-branch will work with the university students to promote the ideals of PDP, build and strengthen support within the campus.
"Some students from FNU also came to observe what was happening.
"The USP sub-branch is now open and within the next three to four weeks, we will have sub-branches around Suva."
Mr Singh said it was encouraging to see the multiracial crowd at the launch of the USP sub-branch.
"The racial component was 50/50 and 70 per cent of those present were women.
"It's encouraging to note that youths and women are actively taking part in the election process."
He said the party would have its national convention by the end of the year.
So far, the PDP is the only political party to confirm the names of some candidates who will contest the 2014 elections.
They are Mr Singh, lecturer in law Lynda Tabuya, youth worker Jone Baravilala Rasi and Shamal Singh, the marketing and imports manager at Turners and Growers.