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Federation waits

Avinesh Gopal
Friday, February 07, 2014

THE National Federation Party has not made a decision yet to call for expressions of interest from people who want to contest the general elections.

President Raman Singh said like other political parties, NFP was waiting for the announcement of the electoral decree.

"Our invitation for applications from interested candidates hinges on the announcement of the electoral decree," he said.

"As soon as the government announces that, we will get a better understanding of what it is and what the requirements are.

"We would also like to meet the Electoral Commission and discuss things as far as preparations for the elections are concerned."

Mr Singh said the party was also looking forward to an electronic copy of the National Register of Voters to make its work on the ground easier.

He said the hard copies of the register were bulky and virtually impossible to use them for the election campaign.

Also, he said the party was continuing with its groundwork in preparation for the polls, while waiting for the electoral legislation.

"We are just having pocket meetings throughout Fiji. We get invited and we go to that particular area and meet people.

"People organise things in their area and they invite the party, so we go and hold pocket meetings there."

Mr Singh said the response from the public looked favourable so far.

He also said the proportional system of voting would be good for the party.

"We are confident of being in parliament and our groundwork is continuing," he said.

In an earlier interview, Mr Singh said the party would not form a coalition with any political party to contest the election, adding the NFP would fight on its own.

The NFP president also said coalition talks were only possible once the party's candidates win seats in parliament.

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