DESPITE a spate of challenges, the National Federation Party is optimistic of its appeal across the ethnic divide, particularly of getting a commendable number of iTaukei votes.
NFP leader Biman Prasad said they were quite confident of their appeal to all ethnic communities.
"I am confident that the NFP will receive record number of indigenous Fijian votes at this election" he said at Mulomulo in Nadi.
"We can claim to be the most multi-racial party, to have the support and the appeal to all sections of the community and in our campaigns, have been very encouraged by the support throughout all the communities."
Their focus now, he said, would be to publicise the ballot numbers of their candidates.
"We are hoping that we will take our numbers to as many of our supporters as possible but I think we will continue the media campaign, the social media activities, meeting people and hold meetings and continue to hold a few big rallies in the lead-up to elections."
Mr Prasad said the loss of Makereta Waqavonovono and Jone Vakalalabure from NFP's line-up of candidates had failed to mar campaigning and had instead strengthened their resolve by accelerating their efforts.
"These are fine individuals and love this country and were only out to study and equip themselves to serve this country well, and it is unfortunate that through a decree they have been denied the opportunity to serve the people through parliament.
"Both would have won this election," Mr Prasad said.