Election 2018 – Party budget

National Federation Party vice-president Seini Nabou speaking during the political parties panel discussion and public forum. She is flanked by former prime ministers Mahendra Chaudhry and Laisenia Qarase. Picture: JOVESA NAISUA/FILE

THE Fiji Times asked all registered political parties what their campaign spending in the run-up to the 2018 General Election would look like and
this is what they said:

Social Democratic Liberal Party (SODELPA) leader Sitiveni Rabuka
“We had anticipated a budget of $2 million, but we have had to operate well below this budget because of our restricted income sources and methods placed upon political parties by the regulations.”


Fiji Labour Party Parliamentary leader Aman Ravindra-Singh

“It’s not simple to put a figure on a budget for elections. The party has been involved in many fundraising activities throughout the country.”


Unity Fiji party leader Savenaca Narube

“We have allocated a total budget of $1 million from the beginning of this year for our campaigns and to cater for all the affairs of our party.”


HOPE party leader Tupou Draunidalo

“The public will get to see our finances when we disclose it to the (Elections) supervisor.”


National Federation Party leader Professor Biman Prasad

“It will be hard to state the cost of campaign because it is a very costly exercise. The party had spent around half a million dollars in 2014 during the election campaign and this amount is expected to increase this year.”

Freedom Alliance Party leader Jagath Karunaratne

“Right now we are having consolidation discussions with other political parties and for that reason I cannot disclose the figures.”



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