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Chaudhry still hopeful

Repeka Nasiko
Monday, July 07, 2014

LABOUR leader Mahendra Chaudhry claims he will contest the September 17 general election.

Under the Constitution, no person may be a candidate for Parliament if he has been convicted of an offence carrying a jail term of 12 months or more in the eight years before nomination.

Chaudhry was convicted of offences under the Exchange Control Act by the High Court in Suva in April and fined $2million.

Last week, the former prime minister paid the fine to the High Court Criminal Registry.

However, despite the outcome, the FLP leader is still hopeful to be part of the general election.

"My case is under appeal and hopefully if a stay is granted I will be able to stand in the elections," he said.

"On the question of party leadership, that is a matter for the delegates to decide.

"Party leaders are elected at the delegates' conference and we will be having our next conference at the end of the month."

Meanwhile, party president Lavenia Padarath says, support for the party has been encouraging.

"This election though very difficult and challenging, we feel very good about the response that we have been getting from the people that we talk to," she said.

"Because we've always remained a multiracial party and the responses from both the major groups has been very good.

"This is my fourth election and this is the best that I have seen as far as response goes from both communities," Mrs Padarath said.

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