FijiFirst Provisional Candidate disqualified, Leads Youth Wing
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.
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.
From left: FijiFirst party supporters mob leader Voreqe Bainimarama, at Garvey Park on October 12, 2018.