A CHIEFLY delegation led by Roko Tui Dreketi Ro Teimumu Kepa and the Social Democratic and Liberal Party is on a tour of the Western Division seeking traditional blessings from chiefs and village elders.
Media manager Sainiana Radrodro said the party was seeking the traditional blessings of the chiefs of the Western Division to allow them to begin the process of campaigning.
"It's a visit to the vanua to seek their blessings for the campaign to then be carried out," Mrs Radrodro said.
"We started in Cuvu, Nawaka, Narewa, Saunaka, a number of villages around Lautoka, Ba, Tavua and we will end in Ra tomorrow (today).
"Support has been good and for SODELPA, our traditional stronghold has always remained our people, the iTaukei, but we have also worked to get the support of other races as well during this visit."
Mrs Radrodro said they were also grateful to the government for encouraging campaigning to begin.
"Particularly the Elections Office in giving their blessings for campaign to start — we would like to ensure we stay within the rules that have been given.
"We expect to seek the approval of other traditional chiefs from around the country in the coming weeks as SODELPA is very much a vanua based party and we maintain very strong traditional links.
"For that we would like to pay respect and homage to the traditional systems in place and for that we'll have to seek their approval before we can even begin to work in any of the villages."
She said after their visits and approvals from the villagers, their party officials could be expected in those areas very soon after.
She said it was great to see the support from villagers who sat in the village halls to welcome party members.