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Youths eye 50 seats

Avinesh Gopal
Tuesday, April 08, 2014

THE proposed national youth organisation that aspires to be a political party says it will contest all 50 seats in Parliament in the coming general election.

And it says it will register on the same day Prime Minister Rear Admiral Voreqe Bainimarama registers his proposed Fiji First Party, which is expected on April 22.

The proposed organisation's interim president/leader Nayagodamu Korovou said they would be the last political party to register for the September election.

"We will not let the Prime Minister take all the publicity by registering our political party on the same day he registers his," he said.

Mr Korovou said they would contest the election on their own and decide on a coalition with Rear Admiral Bainimarama's proposed party, depending on the election results.

"We are looking at contesting all 50 seats and we will work out things and decide how much money our candidates have to fork out for the election campaign."

The proposed association wants to register all youth groups, provide jobs to unemployed youth, remove VAT from essential food items and strengthen the security forces by manpower and budget if it was a part of the new government.

Mr Korovou said they had prepared a very easily understood and easily implemented manifesto, concentrating on helping the youths and poor people.

He said they would reduce the business tax and encourage small businesses for youth groups where they could be employed.

On the issue of funding, he said: "We have some funds for the election. Mostly if all youths contribute one dollar each, we will have enough to contest the election.

"We have other ways which will be revealed later."

Mr Korovou said the proposed party was sure to form the new government and continue the implementation of the People's Charter if it was allowed to contest the election.

"We are continuing in fasting and praying for wisdom from the Heavenly Father. For us, people are of more value than institutions and people are our focus."

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