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Party gears for poll

By Shalveen Chand
Monday, February 10, 2014

THE People's Democratic Party is at the critical stage of developing and finalising its manifesto, says interim president Adi Sivia Qoro.

She said after a preliminary survey, consultations and discussions with the public and the wealth of knowledge and experience within the party, an initial policy was developed during the time of the registration of the party.

"Now as a buildup to the election, it is important that PDP continues its consultation with all sectors of the constituency to gain first-hand the issues and challenges faced but also that the policies developed are relevant to the constituency, and most important that the people have ownership of the policies," said Adi Sivia.

Last Friday, the party conducted its first national workshop for all its members.

The key speakers included Professor Wadan Narsey, an independent non-partisan economist and prolific writer, Richard Naidu as legal and constitutional expert, Govind Singh as a community leader, Nesbit Hazelman as the representative of employers and Felix Anthony as the employees' representative.

"Issues and concerns that the electoral decree and regulations are not in place were discussed," said Adi Sivia.

"This has meant for the party to strategise on different scenarios, including the possibility of a snap election soon after the commander steps down.

"Other scenarios have to do with the election itself.

"We have even looked at possible scenarios of an election under the open system of voting in a single Fiji-wide constituency.

"These are formidable considerations for a party trying to take care of its logistics.

"Government's slow pace is not helpful and indicates uncertainties on the government's part on exactly what they want for themselves."

Adi Sivia said the PDP was educating itself on all possibilities.

"We do not have a clear picture of the nation's finances, particularly its borrowings, to finance the pre-election hive of activities.

"We are concerned that there is still no Auditor General's report.

"The state of the economy is of great concern to us as a party."

According to PDP, these are issues they are awaiting for the government to make clear to the public.








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