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50 candidates for NFP

Avinesh Gopal
Tuesday, August 19, 2014

FIFTY candidates have been nominated by the National Federation Party to contest the general election next month.

The candidates' nominations were filed at the Elections Office in Suva yesterday by the party's officials.

NFP general secretary Kamal Iyer said of the 50 nominations filed, 31 are for Fijians of Indian descent, 17 iTaukei, one Rotuman and one general elector.

"There are nine women in the line-up, of which four are Fijians of Indian descent and five are iTaukei women," he said.

"We also have seven lawyers in our line-up, a doctor, trade unionists, four former parliamentarians and an investment consultant to name a few."

Mr Iyer said the party also had youth candidates, adding it wanted the country's youths to be well represented in Parliament.

"Generally, it is a multiracial and well represented line-up of candidates for NFP. It's the best as far as we see it," he said.

The NFP hopes to make a difference at the September 17 General Election after dismal outings at the polls since 1999.

It is fighting the election on its own and the party is optimistic it will be represented in Parliament this time around.

Mr Iyer said the 50 candidates nominated by the party were those who had been named in different batches to contest the elections.

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