BORN and bred in Lautoka, Anishini Chand is all too familiar with the changes the Sugar City has gone through in the past two decades.
And so, it was a homecoming for the 23-year-old as she addressed hundreds of supporters during a National Federation Party rally in Lautoka yesterday.
Ms Chand is the youngest candidate contesting the elections on an NFP ticket and has risen from a humble background to become a successful lawyer.
"Attending the rally here in Lautoka is very heart touching because my humble beginnings started in Lautoka and therefore anything to do with Lautoka is very close to my heart," she said.
"I have spent a large amount of my life here I have seen what this city has gone through.
"My message here today was basically about my desire to ensure parliamentary democracy is restored.
"This is so that decisions regarding us are discussed and debated in parliament by representatives elected by the people."
Ms Chand stands unwavering to criticisms people have regarding her age, simply saying age did not define a leader.
"You can have a young leader who is capable or you can have old leader who is absolute rubbish. So age does not define how politics runs and age should not be a barrier to politics at any time."
She said NFP was in the process of preparing for the final weeks of campaigning.