SODELPA ready for election

SODELPA leader Sitiveni Rabuka. Picture: FT FILE

WITH the coming general election date yet to be released, Social Democratic Liberal Party leader Sitiveni Rabuka has declared that the party is ready for the election.

The party recently announced their second batch of provisional candidates, bringing the total to 46 so far.

Mr Rabuka said all processes had been completed by the party in terms of the selection of the proposed candidates and they were now waiting for the issuance of the election writ.

“We have done everything according to our program of applications, interviews, selections, cross-checking with the constituency councils, making sure that the provisional candidates have met the criteria laid for them to satisfy before they are confirmed,” Mr Rabuka said.

“Everything needs to be ready before the writ of election is issued. “And now I can say that everything is ready for us to receive the writ of elections.”

In his right of reply to the 2018/2019 National Budget in Parliament on Tuesday, Attorney-General and Economy Minister Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum said this year’s polls should at least be held by mid November.

Meanwhile, during his address to party members and supporters during the party’s recent annual general meeting at Namoli Village in Lautoka, Mr Rabuka said the lead-up to the general election had been filled with a number of engagements which included meeting party members and supporters locally and overseas.

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