2018 poll a ‘3-horse race’

Natioal Federation Party leader Professor Biman Prasad shares a light moment with fellow party candidate Pio Tikoduadua during their meeting with Sawani supporters. Picture: JOVESA NAISUA

THE 2018 General Election is a three-horse race, says National Federation Party leader Professor Biman Prasad.

Prof Prasad’s comments come after the Tebbutt-Times poll survey which revealed that the top political parties were FijiFirst, Social Democratic Liberal Party and the National Federation Party.

However, Prof Prasad, after analysing the Tebbutt-Times poll, said they would be the “dark horse” in this race.

Prof Prasad said they would surprise a lot of people in this year’s election. “We are the natural choice for people who are sick of the Government,” he said. “We do not really have a view on differences in ethnic support.

“We have a consistent turnout at our meetings of people of all races and backgrounds. We are really encouraged by that.”

He added that NFP would stick to their campaign strategy for the next two weeks.

“We are campaigning on issues that matter to people, the high cost of living, a living wage, fair prices for farmers, a fair deal for university students, housing, education and health.”

The Tebbutt-Times poll revealed that 68 per cent had Voreqe Bainimarama as their choice for Prime Minister.

This was for the two major ethnic groups in Fiji. Prof Prasad’s support was at 5 per cent.

“Some parties depend only on their leaders for votes. We do not.

“We have been around for 55 years. We are a party that was built on principles, not a personality cult. We are a broad-based party which works as a team. All our candidates are strong performers in their own right with strong links in the community. That is where our votes will come from,” Prof Prasad said.

“The poll show 10 per cent of voters who did not wish to reveal their voting preference. We know a lot of NFP’s support is there.

“We know that many people are intimidated by the Government.

“Two days ago we heard from a group of shopkeepers who said that they would not put up our posters, but they would vote for us at the ballot box.

“We politicians sometimes forget that not everybody in Fiji is as political as we are.

“Many people will not make their choice until the last week before the election. “So as far as we are concerned, it is anybody’s race.

“Twenty-two per cent of voters are undecided. “The party that attracts those voters will be in a strong position. We want to be that party,” said Prof Prasad.

More Stories