Fi­jiFirst Pro­vi­sional Can­di­date dis­qual­i­fied, Leads Youth Wing

Fiji Sun - - Nation - JY­OTI PRAT­I­BHA Edited by Naisa Koroi Feed­back: jy­otip@fi­jisun.com.fj

The Fi­jian Elec­tions Of­fice has dis­qual­i­fied Fi­jiFirst party pro­vi­sional can­di­date Naziah Ali on the ground that she was out of coun­try for more than six months in two years. Party Gen­eral Sec­re­tary Aiyaz SayedKhaiyum an­nounced this in Tavua last night.

Ms Ali, who is mar­ried to Fiji soccer skip­per Roy Kr­ishna, trav­elled glob­ally for more than six months in the past two years be­cause of her busi­ness, Mai

Life mag­a­zine and Fiji Air­ways in­flight mag­a­zine Fiji Time, for which she also wrote ar­ti­cles.

How­ever, Ms Ali’s jour­ney does not end with the rul­ing party. She was an­nounced as the leader of Fi­jiFirst youth wing.

While ad­dress­ing the crowd in Tavua last night she said the young in Fiji were not for­got­ten.

“My hope for the fu­ture is for more young peo­ple in the Fi­jian par­lia­ment. The Fi­jiFirst party be­lieves in the youth that is why there is a good num­ber of young can­di­dates run­ning for the gen­eral elec­tion.

“I be­lieve that the ac­tive in­volve­ment of young peo­ple will help carry the party poli­cies and, in do­ing so, will help to im­prove our na­tion.

“It is a mat­ter of in­ter-gen­er­a­tional eq­uity. It’s im­por­tant for youth to have a real voice at the high­est level of de­ci­sion mak­ing.

“The Fi­jiFirst Party by em­pow­er­ing a younger, more pro­gres­sive voice en­sures an in­clu­sive style of lead­er­ship on is­sues that the cur­rent govern­ment cham­pi­ons from tack­ling cli­mate change, to mod­ernising govern­ment, to ed­u­ca­tion and bus fare fund­ing and so on.

“There are also the in­trin­sic ben­e­fits of prop­erly re­flect­ing the sig­nif­i­cant youth pop­u­la­tion in Fiji, which make up al­most 70 per cent of the pop­u­la­tion.

“It also means seek­ing out young peo­ple who oth­er­wise won’t seek out pol­i­tics them­selves, es­pe­cially in schools. The an­swer is in par­tic­i­pa­tion that not tak­ing part is not go­ing to stop any­thing from hap­pen­ing, but it means it will hap­pen with­out their say,” she said.

Photo: Jy­oti Prat­i­bha

From left: Fi­jiFirst party pro­vi­sional can­di­dates Anne Dunn, Ateca Le­dua, leader Voreqe Bain­i­marama, leader of youth wing Naziah Ali and pro­vi­sional can­di­date Su­sana Tuilau at Gar­vey Park on Oc­to­ber 12, 2018.

Photo: Jy­oti Prat­i­bha

From left: Fi­jiFirst party sup­port­ers mob leader Voreqe Bain­i­marama, at Gar­vey Park on Oc­to­ber 12, 2018.

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