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PDP names second batch

Repeka Nasiko
Tuesday, July 29, 2014

THE People's Democratic Party has named nine more candidates to contest the September general election.

PDP leader Felix Anthony said the naming of the candidates was the result of wide ranging consultation with people from various communities.

"This has really been the people's choice in naming of candidates," Mr Anthony said.

The candidates include former parliamentarian Suraj Mati Nand, retired Superintendent of Police Atunaisa Delai, advisory councillor Sunil Dutt Sharma, farmer and social worker Ashok Kumar Singh, businessman Munesh Chand, former senior prosecutor Sitiveni Raikanikoda, former assistant Commission of Prisons Wiliame Rabunebune, former civil servant Anunataeka Bureti Takinana and former headteacher Vijay Chand.

Mr Anthony said a few more candidates would be announced in the coming weeks.

"I'm hoping to complete the list with the full 50 candidates by next week.

"We are going through this process of consulting people in different districts.

"We have people from Suva, Nausori, Ba, Ra, Savusavu, Naitasiri, Rabi and Navua.

"So that's a bit of coverage that we've had to do over the last few weeks before we could confirm candidates in these districts.

"What we hope to do is to ensure that our candidates would cover the entire Fiji so that people in different districts would have the opportunity to vote for people in their districts.

"Unfortunately, the current electoral system that we have does not have constituencies to make members of parliament for certain constituencies or areas in Fiji.

"This we believe is a shortcoming of the current system but the PDP is attempting to ensure that we have people from all the districts in Fiji and that people have the opportunity to vote for their people in the coming election," Mr Anthony said.

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