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Standing on her own

Nasik Swami
Thursday, April 10, 2014

INDEPENDENT candidate Roshika Deo has declined offers from three registered political parties to join them as a candidate for the general election.

The vocal feminist says she was approached by the political parties over the past several months.

"I am humbled and honoured that these political parties think of me as a worthy candidate," Ms Deo said.

She said she had extensive consultations with her members and decided to stand as an independent.

"Being part of 'Be the Change' political movement does not limit me to a few issues but allows me to advocate on various issues across a wide range of spectrum," she said.

"In the campaign, we have a flat hierarchy and a system that creates space for young people and women to get directly and actively involved in national elections."

Ms Deo said being in parliament as an independent candidate would allow her the freedom to also critique fellow parliamentarians and ensure accountability without being hindered by party politics.

"Despite my declining the political parties, I have a good relationship with the political parties and I am looking forward to continuing discussions and dialogue on the democratisation process.

"Also some of our concerns are similar on economic revival, labour rights, rural development and rule of law.

"Be the Change is about including everyone and creating opportunities and spaces for us to share our opinion and concerns. It is about our participation and visibility."

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