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Mere Naleba
Tuesday, May 06, 2014

LEADER of the Proposed Fiji First political party and Prime Minister Rear Admiral Voreqe Bainimarama yesterday registered his party, accompanied by his committee members.

In registering his political party, Rear Admiral Bainimarama also presented the 40,083 signatures he collected from the four divisions.

The proposed Fiji First Party registered the most signatures in the Western Division with Rear Admiral Bainimarama presenting 15,636 signatures from there. He registered 14,499 signatures from the Central Division, 9045 from the Northern Division and 903 from the Eastern Division.

"We of course are registering a completely new party and once approval is given for registration, we will set up branch offices throughout Fiji," Rear Admiral Bainimarama said. "Our approach as you know as demonstrated through my leadership is to work for and with all Fijians.

"Our branches and branch officials will represent our youth, women and Fijians from all walks of life."

The committee members of the proposed party were also announced yesterday following the registration.

The Prime Minister will be the leader of the proposed party, Minister for Social Welfare, Women and Poverty Alleviation Dr Jiko Luveni is the president.

The two vice-presidents are former Fiji Labour Party Nadi branch president and former senator Bijai Prasad and Tui Macuata Ratu Wiliame Katonivere.

Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum is the general secretary and accountant Vimlesh Kumar is the treasurer.

Along with presenting the 40,083 signatures the Prime Minister also paid the registration fee of $5005.

Supervisor of Elections and Registrar of Political Parties Mohammed Saneem reminded the Prime Minister that it will take about 28 days to process the registration - this included the verification and registration objection period.

"I wish to thank all those Fijians who agreed to be the original members for the registration of the proposed Fiji First," Rear Admiral Bainimarama said

"These were men and women, young and old from the towns, cities, rural and maritime areas.

"They were working men and women, they were landowners, they were farmers, they were mothers and homemakers, they were husbands and wives, they were university students, and they were people with special needs and the visually impaired."

Rear Admiral Bainimarama also thanked other tens of thousands of Fijians who gave their verbal support.

He said once the party has been formally registered the party will then soon begin their party campaign.

"We will meet and sit down and discuss with Fijians about how we all as citizens of this wonderful country must come together and put Fiji first," Rear Admiral Bainimarama said.

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