ACADEMIC Dr Mahendra Reddy has resigned as a member and chairman of the Fiji Commerce Commission and director of the RBF board to pursue his political ambitions with the FijiFirst party.
Dr Reddy said his resignation from the two public offices was a requirement under the 2013 Constitution for those contesting the national election in September.
"I now look forward to contesting the election. I've began the campaign. The experience I gained at the Fiji Commerce Commission is invaluable," he said.
"Up until now, I have been contributing to policy-making from the periphery. I now look forward to winning the election and being part of the FijiFirst team to contribute to policy-making from within government.
"Given my experience, qualification and exposure, the contribution I could make with the FijiFirst team would be unmatched."
Dr Reddy said he was impressed with the Constitution and the party's belief in equality for all Fijians. In terms of his employment with the Fiji National University, Dr Reddy said the tertiary institution was not a public office.
"The regulation requires that anyone wanting to take an official position in a political party will have to resign and anyone wanting to contest the election will have to take all leave owed to him or her, and take leave without pay. I'm on leave from FNU until September 20."