Political parties welcome election announcement

Electoral Commission chairperson Suresh Chandra receives the Writ of Elections from the President Jioji Konrote at the Grand Pacific Hotel in Suva. Picture: JOVESA NAISUA/FILE

National Federation Party — leader Professor Biman Prasad

NFP leader Professor Biman Prasad. Picture: FILE

“IDEALLY we would have liked the date of the elections to have been given much earlier, but unfortunately this was not done although the Prime Minister had the authority to call elections and obviously he has called it within the timeframe stipulated in the Constitution so we have no issues with that. As far as NFP is concerned, we are ready for the elections and we have been preparing for months. Execution of our plan will continue as we had before.”









Freedom Alliance Party — leader Jagath Karunaratne

Freedom Alliance party leader Jagath Karunaratne. Picture: JOVESA NAISUA

“WE have been expecting this from a long time and we knew this had to come out this week. We are happy because the uncertainty around the election date is over so now we can get things together and get ready for the elections. One would expect ideally the election to be announced much earlier than what it is. That is a show of true democracy, you should give enough time and you should let people know that the election is going to happen so that people can be prepared and plan ahead.”






Social Democratic Liberal Party — leader Sitiveni Rabuka

SODELPA leader Sitiveni Rabuka. Picture: FT FILE

“WE had anticipated the writ to come up at any time. We knew that campaign would only be allowed for 28 days before the elections so we had asked the candidates and the party to have 28 programs ready so once the nominations are accepted, they should be out.”






Unity Fiji party — general secretary Satish Kumar

Unity Fiji Party candidates Ratu Asaeli Naevo (front left) with Party Leader Savenaca Narube, Adi Sivia Qoro, (back left) Satish Kumar, Ratu Jope Sukanaveita, Mereia Rasiga, Jope Kavoa and Liga Gukuisuva after the announcement at Nawaka in Nadi yesterday. Picture: BALJEET SINGH

“WE welcome the writ as we all had been asking for this step. Everything takes a cue from the writ. Like all other political parties in operation, we had been asking for this important date — when the election will take place. This is really at the 11th hour. This is an abuse of privilege that the Government of the day has, it is irresponsible. But we are pleased to note that the process would begin from here onwards. We are ready for this year’s election and we are into campaign mode.”









HOPE party — leader Tupou Draunidalo

HOPE party leader, Tupou Draunidalo. Picture: FILE.

“THIS is the time we had expected the Writ for Elections to be announced because it was going to expire soon any way. We just hope that it (general election) is smooth, credible and we get on with it. Our preparations are continuing from when we were registered and we are looking forward to elections.”









Fiji Labour Party — parliamentary leader Aman Ravindra-Singh

FLP’s Aman Ravindra-Singh. Picture: FILE

“THE entire nation has been waiting for the election date for at least the last nine months and finally the election date has been announced and election is now upon us and the Fiji Labour Party is busy with preparations for the upcoming elections.”






*Attempts to get a comment from the FijiFirst party remained futile.

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