Bainimarama says FijiFirst will campaign on facts

PM Voreqe Bainimarama announcing the provisional candidates for the Fiji First Party while party president Ratu Wiliame Katonivere looks on, in Suva. Picture: RAMA/FILE

PRIME Minister Voreqe Bainimarama says FijiFirst party candidates will not lie and make allegations like other political parties do.

“Going into the 2018 elections, FijiFirst and its candidates will unlike other political parties, conduct itself with dignity,” Mr Bainimarama said at the announcement of the party’s candidates for the 2018 General Election.

“We will not lie, we will not engage in ethnic, religious or provisional politics.

We will not make economically and financially irresponsible statements.” He said the party’s message would be based on facts and on positive engagements.

“As the leader of the FijiFirst party, my party and our candidates are all for Fijians — our women, our youths, our marginalised, our civil servants, those in the maritime, our university students, our businessmen and women, our tourism industry stakeholders, sugar cane industry stakeholders, our farmers, our bus and taxi operators and drivers, our primary and high school students, our senior citizens, those in the different faith-based organisations, those living with disabilities — for the FijiFirst is your party.

“It is your party because we don’t discriminate. It is your party because we care about every Fijian. It is your party because we want every Fijian empowered and it is your party because we give you stability, we give you security and equality — a must for all.”

Mr Bainimarama said his message to all those who applied, either sitting members of Parliament or new applicants who would not be contesting the 2018 election as a FijiFirst candidate, to remember that the party looked forward to their continued support.

“Experienced individuals such as yourselves can go on to carry the FijiFirst ideals outside government and we will endeavour to give you that opportunity.

“FijiFirst strives to maintain a diverse and inclusive body of representatives while continuously infusing our party with new thinking and perspectives.

“It is critical to do so to maintain our dynamism and focus to create a modern nation state in which all Fijians are empowered. Our four core values of integrity, diversity, meritocracy and self-reliance drive us to achieve our stated objectives.”

He said the party was optimistic of winning the general election.

The media was not allowed to interview the provisional candidates.

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