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Multiracial party

Nasik Swami
Friday, April 11, 2014

WHILE SODELPA has always focused on its indigenous Fijian base for support, the party says it will also focus on other ethnicities, including Fijians of Indian descent, as it prepares for the September 17 general election.

Party leader Ro Teimumu Kepa said they had also received applications from various Fijians of Indian descent wanting to run under the party banner.

"At the same time we are looking at other communities because our focus is the indigenous Fijians base but we are looking at other communities and ethnicities because we have spoken about a coalition after the general election, that is probably where we will be getting our wider distribution," said Ro Teimumu yesterday.

"We have got a lot of good Indian applicants. If only we could have more of the other ethnicities as well."

She said while applications have been coming in, they were only looking at 30 candidates.

"We are not looking at the 50 candidates straight away, we are probably looking at the first 30.

"It's a challenge because we have so many good candidates that we would like to consider them all. But we are not in the position because we only have the 50 seats."

She said the party was only looking at applicants who had the characteristics of becoming good ministers.

Ro Teimumu said the 30 names would be announced by early May.