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Party calls for funds

Avinesh Gopal
Tuesday, January 28, 2014

THE National Federation Party says the obvious restrictions in the Registration of Political Parties Decree on donations will not stop it from raising more funds.

At the party's working committee meeting in Ba on Sunday, NFP president Raman Singh said the party was not a rich one contrary to the thinking of the past.

"We will therefore have to embark on various fundraising activities," Mr Singh said.

"Elections campaigns are not cheap and we will need funds," he told the meeting.

Mr Singh appealed to the party's supporters and members to donate within their means towards the party's fund for the general elections.

"I call our branches to organise fundraising activities at the local level."

He also said the party acknowledged the efforts of the media organisations to do their best in providing the space for debate and encouraged them to continue to do so.

The party held discussions on various issues, including its policy platform for the elections, which are scheduled to be held before the end of September. It hopes to release its manifesto by the end of March or early April.

Mr Singh also said the party will seek nominations from its branches for office bearers who would be elected at the party's annual general meeting which is planned for late March or early April.

The party is also expected to choose a leader to take it into the elections and beyond, as the party has confidently stated that it will be in Parliament come September.

Also, the party stated earlier that it will contest the elections on its own and consider a coalition with other political parties when its candidates are in Parliament.

Mr Singh told this newspaper in an earlier interview that NFP aimed to be a part of the new government.

The party is expected to call for expressions of interest from candidates soon for the election.