Rabuka: I’m in the race

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en­dorse­ment of the CBM bloc means SODELPA’s Vanua Levu and Tave­uni sup­port­ers want him as party leader.

He said his vi­sion for Fiji re­mained the same.

“I’d like to con­tinue what I tried to build into the 1997 Con­sti­tu­tion and the coali­tion with the Na­tional Fed­er­a­tion Party that we move away from ul­tra-na­tion­al­is­tic stance in our pol­i­tics and have an all em­brac­ing pol­icy where we all move for­ward to­gether,” he said.

“The Fi­jiFirst has in­tro­duced the one name for all of us, which I had pro­posed in 1987, but hav­ing the same name does not elim­i­nate our dif­fer­ences. So we need a gen­uine ef­fort to bring ev­ery­body to­gether, to work to­gether – that is if I make it to be the party leader.” SODELPA’s in­terim gen­eral sec­re­tary, Adi Li­tia Qion­i­bar­avi, said that the party only ac­cepted ap­pli­ca­tions that came through one of the 28 SODELPA con­stituency coun­cils.

In­di­vid­u­als can­not nom­i­nate them­selves.

“Nom­i­na­tions are still be­ing pro­cessed at the mo­ment and I can’t con­firm how many we have re­ceived so far,” Adi Li­tia said. It is un­der­stood that Ratu Isoa was nom­i­nated by the Tailevu con­stituency coun­cil. Mr Ga­voka was nom­i­nated by Serua, Nadroga, Navosa and Ba con­stituen­cies. Mr Jale was nom­i­nated by Nas­inu and Lau con­stituen­cies.

The ap­pli­ca­tions will be vet­ted to en­sure they are com­pli­ant with the Elec­toral De­cree re­quire­ments.

This will be fol­lowed by an in­ter­view process where ap­pli­cants will face a num­ber of pro­fes­sion­als plus the SODELPA man­age­ment board. The process of whether the names that pass the in­ter­view will be voted for dur­ing the AGM or whether the in­ter­view process is fi­nal is yet to be con­firmed. The two op­tions “will be de­cided as we go along,” Adi Li­tia said.

The process of whether the names that pass the in­ter­view will be voted for dur­ing the AGM or whether the in­ter­view process is fi­nal is yet to be con­firmed.

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