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All about teamwork

Avinesh Gopal
Tuesday, March 25, 2014

ASPIRING candidates with political parties have been reminded that it will be a team effort in their quest to win seats in Parliament.

The reminder was given by former Cabinet minister Pita Nacuva who was also Speaker of the House of Representatives in 2006.

"If you are thinking of standing to be a Member of Parliament, then you have to observe first whether you have the ethics, morals and integrity," he said.

"You have to sacrifice, and anyone aspiring to be a MP needs to be clear of themselves. The professional background of candidates also helps a lot."

Mr Nacuva said people elected to parliament needed to be honourable, which they were called when elected as parliamentarians.

He said the younger generation of politicians should be mindful of these things in their quest to be in parliament.

"You have to strategise.

"If you are in any political party, then it's a team effort and you have to respect your party."

Mr Nacuva, 70, served for 30 years in the civil service, working for various departments after starting as an assistant town planning officer in February 1969.

He was the health minister in the interim military government, interim civil government and interim caretaker government in 2000 and 2001.

From September 12, 2001 to September 15, 2002, he was the health minister in the SDL coalition government. He was the tourism minister in the SDL coalition government from September 16, 2002 to May 18, 2006.

On June 5, 2006, Mr Nacuva was sworn in under the 1997 Constitution as Speaker of the House of Representatives.


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