234 approved for polls

UNITY Fiji provisional candidate Liga Gikusuva outside the Fijian Elections Office after submitting the nominations for his party yesterday. Picture: JOVESA NAISUA

A TOTAL of 234 candidates have been approved by the Fijian Elections Office to contest the 2018 General Election.

In making the announcement, Supervisor of Elections Mohammed Saneem said 243 candidates were nominated for the November 14 polls, but only 234 were approved after nine candidates were rejected.

Of these nine, three were from the Fiji Labour Party, three from the Unity Fiji party and one each from the FijiFirst party, National Federation Party and the Social Democratic Liberal Party (SODELPA).

Mr Saneem confirmed FLP, FijiFirst, NFP and SODELPA had resubmitted their nominations to replace their candidates who were disqualified and they had all been approved by the FEO following their verification process yesterday.

However, three candidates nominated by the Unity Fiji party were disqualified late yesterday evening after the closure of the candidates’ nomination period and the verification exercise by the FEO.

Mr Saneem said one of the three was adjusted bankrupt while the other two did not qualify on the criminal conviction requirements. Six political parties will be contesting the coming polls out of the eight eligible to contest.

They are the SODELPA, FLP, NFP, FF party, UF party and the HOPE party.

Mr Saneem confirmed the Freedom Alliance party and the People’s Democratic Party had not filed any candidates’ nominations for the November 14 polls.

Freedom Alliance party earlier signed an agreement with FLP to have their candidates contest this election under the FLP banner, which was why no nominations were filed by the party.

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