NATIONAL Federation Party (NFP) leader Professor Biman Prasad says the response from Vanua Levu to the party has been overwhelming.
In an interview with this newspaper after a rally in Labasa over the weekend, Prof Prasad said more people had opened up and had identified themselves with the party.
"It's a great feeling to be told that we are a party that aims to solve issues," he said.
"We are not campaigning on racial, religious or personality grounds.
"As I have said during the announcement of the party candidates on Friday, we will not tolerate any malicious, race-based or religious campaigns.
"Of course people are welcome to talk about their religion and their views but as far as the NFP is concerned, we will run a very spirited, open, credible and policy-based campaign in the upcoming election.
"As you can see people are worried about the high cost of living, health, the sugar industry and most of all, how they have been victims of poverty over the last six or seven years."
Prof Prasad said those who denied such issues should visit the supermarkets, health centres and other affected places to have a feel of the issues.
"I call upon those who think that the cost of living is not rising to take a reality check.
"NFP, when in parliament, will prioritise the reviewing of the cost of living, the improvement within the Fiji Police Force and the overall betterment of the country's economy."
Prof Prasad said so far they had received more than 50 expressions of interest from people wanting to be candidates of the party.