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First NFP candidate

Dawn Gibson
Monday, May 26, 2014

FORMER trade unionist Attar Singh yesterday became the first confirmed candidate of the National Federation Party after party leader Professor Biman Prasad asked him to become a candidate at yesterday's committee meeting in Tamavua.

In an interview yesterday, Mr Singh told this newspaper he was very happy to have been welcomed back to the party and was looking forward to running for election under the NFP banner.

"That's what I wanted to do (become a candidate) and I have been invited to join as a candidate even before other candidates are announced, so that's a wonderful thing for me," Mr Singh said.

"And I think the meeting today (yesterday) was very good. It touched on a number of issues affecting the people — the 2013 Constitution, the Electoral Commission, the ballot paper, management board of the party and most of the issues and concerns of the people."

In stepping down from his posts at the Fiji Islands Trade Union Congress and the Communication, Mining and General Workers Union last week, Mr Singh expressed a deep concern for workers rights in Fiji and said he would continue to fight this cause as a candidate of NFP.

When asked why he chose to join NFP, he said he believed in the principles they upheld.

"I've been a supporter of NFP since 1991. I have held various positions of leadership in NFP, including general secretary and leader of the party in the ok two elections of 2001 and 2006.

"And NFP is a party that is very clearly responsive to the needs of the day and anyone who can see what is happening will want to be with this party. I like their policies, I like their values and I like the work the party has done all this time."


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