WITH five months left for the much-awaited general election, the Fiji Labour Party says it will give first preference to those applicants that stood in Parliament in 2006 to be considered as candidates.
This was confirmed by party assistant general secretary Kini Maraiwai in an interview yesterday, and said with the applications for candidacy closing today, the party would hold a management meeting to decide on the candidates that would contest under the party's banner.
"We are still finalising the details of the party candidates.
"The selection will only be considered when we have collected all the applications," Mr Marawai said.
He said the number of people who had applied were more than what the party had expected.
"First, we anticipated that we are going to fill the 50 seat quota. I am overwhelmed with the response that has come through."
Party president Lavinia Padarath said FLP received applications from professionals, grassroots people, community workers, businessmen, women and youths from all sections of the society.
"FLP has announced that it intends to contest all 50 parliamentary seats and is encouraging applications from women and youth, for whom special allocations are being made within the set-up," Ms Padarath said.
She said the party's campaign activities were proceeding well with pocket meetings being organised at various locations throughout the country.
"Work is well underway on finalising the FLP manifesto. FLP website is up and running.
"It forms an important arm of our election campaign as it carries candid views on current political, social and economic developments and issues of interest in the lead-up to the general election.
"For voters, it provides a comprehensive coverage of FLP policies, history and achievements to date.
"There is an extensive, well-organised archive on party statements, comments and reports on issues affecting our people dating back to 2002."