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Lenora for polls

Nasik Swami
Saturday, February 03, 2018

LOCAL celebrity Lenora Qereqeretabua believes in "servant leadership".

The popular television host and public relations consultant was announced as a provisional candidate for the 2018 polls under the National Federation Party (NFP) ticket.

The 49-year-old Kadavu native was named among the party's first batch of 31 provisional candidates yesterday.

Ms Qereqeretabua said entering politics was a calling and was not a hard decision. "I think it's been just the fact that looking at how our country is being run in the past few years ... has made me feel as an independent thinker, as someone who loves Fiji, as someone who has Fiji at heart and as someone who believes in servant leadership," she said.

Ms Qereqeretabua said things had come to a point where she just decided to put her hand up and "walk the talk".

She said as someone new to politics, her focus would be on the state of the country's health, women's health and education for children.

"One of the things I would like to talk about is our health as a country, meaning the state of our health. We concentrate so much on curative health; we should be talking about preventative health.

"Why is our traditional, local food so expensive and cheap rubbish from overseas so cheap?"

She said Fiji needed to fix its education system, where children needed to think for themselves instead of being part of a production line education system.

Party president Pio Tikoduadua was also announced as a provisional candidate for the party as well.

Party leader Prof Biman Prasad said the candidates were not "just ordinary candidates. These are not ordinary people. No one in our team is," Prof Prasad said.

"They (provisional candidates) have stepped forward, ready, willing and able to serve you. I am proud to present them to you. At this point, of course, they are provisional candidates only, because the formal election processes have yet to begin.

"But we want you, in the meantime, to get to know them, meet them, talk to them, and tell you how they, and we, can serve you better, inside and outside Parliament."

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