Parties plot way forward

AS counting continued yesterday, political parties were taking time to weigh their options in relation to provisional results.

The National Federation Party says it will wait until the counting of all ballot papers before commenting on the number of seats it qualifies to hold.

Party leader Prof Biman Prasad said although it was still the preliminary stages, he felt “we may still make it to parliament”.

“At the moment I want to thank all our candidates and supporters throughout the country, we ran a very clean, issue-based campaign,” Prof Prasad said.

“The results are still being counted so we should all wait and I can say to our supporters that we feel at this stage we may still make it to parliament but that remains to be seen until all the votes are counted.”

Meanwhile, the Fiji Labour Party is working closely with other political parties, except FijiFirst, as far as the general election results are concerned.

Asked if FLP would take legal action on the election results on its own or with other aggrieved parties, party leader Mahendra Chaudhry said the answer would come from the group of political parties.

SODELPA, which was among five political parties that presented complaints to the Electoral Commission and the President, Ratu Epeli Nailatikau, said it felt that the whole process needed to be reviewed before moving forward.

The party said it would exhaust all avenues for legal redress before moving further and commenting on its performance.

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