WITH financial problems now surfacing, the National Federation Party is optimistic it will get enough funds to contest the 2014 General Election.
In an interview, party president Raman Pratap Singh said the party had no income source.
"We always rely on the support given by our members but we believe that as our support grows, finance will improve and people will contribute. We are confident that the party will get enough funds to fight the election," Mr Singh said.
He said the party had a working committee meeting where pressing issues were brought up but major issues would be discussed during the party's AGM at the end of March.
"We will decide on key positions and we should have confirmation of a leader by then.
"As far as the elections are concerned, we know that it will be held at the end of September and necessary preparations are being made."
The NFPs manifesto for the 2014 General Election will mainly focus on economic development. Mr Singh said the manifesto was nearing completion and would be released during the party's AGM.
He said the manifesto would also focus on welfare issues affecting the citizens, adding major focus would also be given to current land issues affecting land owners and education.
Mr Singh said the manifesto would also include issues concerning the ordinary citizens.
The NFP will soon advertise for expressions of interest for those wanting to be part of the party as candidates.
Mr Singh said the important criteria for those wishing to apply would be their reach across the country.
The applicants should have wide knowledge on public service or preferably have served as a public servant.
And he said the most important factor for the applicants should be their willingness to serve the people of Fiji.
Message to party followers:
Mr Singh has called on party supporters to listen to what they had to say, attend all the party meetings and be up-to-date with the political situation in the country.