19 September, 2014, 12:00 am
VOREQE Bainimarama is poised to take Fiji into a new era of democracy.Provisional results from the polls are now indicating that Fijians have embraced the FijiFirst leader’s vision of “building a better Fiji” and rejecting the politics of old in a multiracial country.
The provisional results released at last count yesterday strongly pointed that Rear Admiral (Ret) Bainimarama continues to grab votes from all around the country, positioning him in the top spot ahead of the final results due within the next two to three days.
The provisional results released at 2pm revealed that FijiFirst had gathered 239,261 votes which amounts to 60.10 per cent of all votes counted so far and Rear Admiral (Ret) Bainimarama leads all FijiFirst candidates with 167,224 votes.
These results were gathered from the votes made at 1282 polling stations. There are 2025 polling stations altogether
Trailing behind the FijiFirst is SODELPA with 106,406 votes with its leader, Roko Tui Dreketi Ro Teimumu Kepa, receiving 37,114 votes as of 2pm yesterday.
NFP received 22,446 votes in total with the party leader Professor Biman Prasad securing 6931 votes to his name.
PDP recived 1402 votes altogether while the party leader Felix Anthony’s vote amounted to 1639 only.
However, five political parties including One Fiji Party, NFP, PDP, FLP and SODELPA issued a joint statement yesterday saying they would not accept the results of the election because of alleged incidents that showed corrupt and unlawful practices.
FijiFirst president Dr Jiko Luveni last night said she was confident the party would extend its lead even further in the coming days given the track record it held.
Dr Luveni said the provisional results showed that the people of this country have had their say.
“People have had their say. They like the party and the party has a track record of serving the people of this country,” she said.
Dr Luveni said party leader Mr Bainimarama also had a track record of delivering his promises.
“We are looking forward to continuing from where we left and we will continue to work with the people of this country,” she said.
Dr Luveni said with the final results yet to come out, she was adamant the party would get two or three more seats in the coming days.