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Shalveen Chand
Wednesday, January 22, 2014

POLITICAL parties are yet to confirm who their candidates will be for the elections this year with less than seven months to go.

The Social Democratic and Liberal Party had asked for applications from interested individuals and the deadline was the end of last year.

SODELPA general secretary Pio Tabaiwalu said a committee would decide who their candidates would be.

National Federation Party president Raman Pratap Singh said it would be March when they decide on who should carry the NFP banner into the elections.

He said they would have an executive meeting in Ba this Sunday which would be followed by their annual general meeting in March.

Mr Singh said it would not be too late.

He added all they had to do was have a good strategy.

He admitted campaigning would be tough with the nation as one big constituency.

The Peoples Democratic Party spokesman Nirmal Singh and the Fiji Labour Party's Lavenia Padarath also stated they had not decided who their candidates would be.

So far, independent hopeful Roshika Deo has come out publicly saying that she has been campaigning and made her intentions to stand in the elections known.

The Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama announced on Monday his plans to relinquish his post with the military, an indication towards the possibility of letting his party be known in the following month.

He has already stated that he will be contesting the election however he has not revealed who the members in his party are or what his party will be called.

The other thing the political parties have in common is that they are awaiting the electoral legislation.

According to the Electoral Commission, the legislation is now in its final draft stage and they will have a look at it before giving it the thumbs up.

Meanwhile, government's voter registration continues.

Villagers in the remote village of Cicia in the Lau Group were paid a visit by officials from the Elections Office.

The Elections Office is carrying out voter registration in the Lau Group and showing registered voters the database that contains their registration details.





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