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SODELPA yet to confirm election candidates

Shalveen Chand
Monday, April 28, 2014

THERE will be a wait for at least another two months before the Social Democratic and Liberal Party announce their final list of candidates for the election this year.

SODELPA spokesman Jese Sikivou said the party was following a stringent screening method and applicants were still being finalised.

He said it would be sometime in June when SODELPA would have finalised its list of candidates.

Last week, SODELPA sacked former Prime Minister Sitiveni Rabuka, probably making way for a more youthful looking line-up for the polls.

Former opposition leader Mick Beddoes has not hidden the fact that he intends to contest the 2014 election on a SODELPA card.

Former members of parliament and senators in the past government which include George Shiu Raj, Losena Salabula, Ratu Naiqama Lalabalavu and Dr Tupeni Baba are some of the candidates that have applied to SODELPA.

Mr Sikivou said contrary to reports, no names have been finalised.

He said the party will inform the public when the time is right.

Meanwhile SODELPA is among those parties that want a change in the ballot paper so party signs can be displayed next to the candidate.

The Elections Office is stern on the issue and has stated that the ballot system that will be used in September promotes fairness.

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