THE political party SODELPA opened its new branch in Suva yesterday.
In an interview, SODELPA leader the marama Roko Tui Dreketi Ro Teimumu Kepa said the old office had served them well for the past seven years, but they were forced to get a new one because of the recent expansion in party members.
"We found that it was just not catering for our requirements because we have so many people coming through and the various councils that have been set up according to the SODELPA Constitution," Ro Teimumu said.
"That is the women's council, the youth council and some of the other committees that are part of the administration of the whole party — we found that the office was just too small."
She said the party was particularly grateful to the Fiji Teachers Association for keeping the office space vacant for SODELPA's particular use.
"For that we are really grateful to the FTA because they kept this building available for us so from today (yesterday), we are paying rent for this building but all this time they've made it available for us to move in here.
"Mostly, the main structure (of SODELPA) will be here and the other constituencies will have their own offices because under the decrees, they have to establish their own offices in the other areas of Fiji, so this will be the main office," Ro Teimumu said.
She said because of financial constraints the party was facing, up to 99 per cent of their members were volunteers.