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Independent candidate starts her signature drive

Dawn Gibson And Nasik Swami
Thursday, May 08, 2014

GAINING inspiration from the proposed Fiji First organisation's signature collection style, the only aspiring independent candidate running for elections, Roshika Deo, is continuing her signature collections around the country.

Ms Deo, who is travelling through the Western Division, said she was working with her network members to collect signatures as well as to comply with any requirements in the Electoral Decree.

"We have been inspired by proposed party Fiji First's strategy in signature collection and are in the process of applying permits with the local councils to collect signatures at the market places," Ms Deo said yesterday.

"We will be applying for a permit with the Suva City and Nasinu Town councils this week. We will also be approaching private business premises to request for space to set up a table to collect signatures."

She said she and her team were using the time they had to plan and do all the groundwork for their campaign so once she was officially confirmed as a candidate, she could use her time more effectively.

"We have had a few challenges in terms of collecting signatures with our limited resources.

"There are still many young people that have not yet registered to vote within the Suva and Nadi area; most of the people we have come across have already signed up for a party."

Ms Deo said she came across an issue with an authority of a faith-based organisation.

"We had a situation in Sigatoka where we were advised that a local government official informed a faith based group to not allow us to meet with the women we had arranged a meeting with to collect signatures.

"As a result, we were denied entry and were not able to collect the signatures from the group of women that we had pre-arranged with."

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