ASPIRING politician Simione Naituku says he will focus on the two main issues that affect Fijians today in the upcoming general election — unemployment and poverty.
Mr Naituku said he wishes to run as an independent candidate.
He has been a civil servant for 24 years and only entered politics this year after extensive research throughout the years on the two issues.
"I believe these two issues need to be addressed by all the political parties and election candidates," Mr Naituku said.
"This is the first time for me to take part.
"I have never been involved in politics but I have involved myself in a lot of research on the two issues which need immediate address.
"It took me about 15 years to do a research on people and how they feel and what they do and upon these researches, I found out that these are the two main issues affecting Fijians nowadays."
The Namono, Tailevu native said his interest to be part of politics arose out of those two issues.
He believes that while he will get his 1000 signatures in his signature collection on August 4, the main idea will be to let the public know of issues surrounding them.
"Signatures are not important to me. What is important is that I spread the message to ordinary people.
"I believe these two main problems should be the priority of parties — whoever is going to win or stand — to make sure they are eradicated.
"I worked as an inspector of fair trading at the Ministry of Trade and I have been involved with youths in my community.
"The number of unemployed people keep on rising every year and something needs to be done to eradicate these two problems."