Tabuya ready to de­fend pres­i­dency po­si­tion

Fiji Sun - - NATION - FONUA TALEI Lynda Tabua. Edited by Caro­line Ratu­cadra

SODELPA MP Lynda Tabuya is pre­pared to de­fend her elec­tion as pres­i­dent of the Nas­inu Con­stituency.

Speak­ing to the Fiji Sun yes­ter­day, she said should the is­sue arise she is pre­pared to take on any chal­lenge to her elec­tion as a re­sult of the SODELPA civil case.

Af­ter declar­ing the 2019 SODELPA Savusavu An­nual Gen­eral Meet­ing (AGM) as null and void, High Court judge Jus­tice Vishwa Sharma or­dered that all sub­se­quent ac­tions, meet­ings, res­o­lu­tions, de­ci­sions, di­rec­tives and out­comes of the man­age­ment board fol­low­ing that AGM is un­law­ful, in­valid and in­ef­fec­tive. Ms Tabuya said she was cho­sen as pres­i­dent by the peo­ple of Nas­inu and not by the party.

“I am chal­leng­ing that if any­one tries to come for­ward to do that. On be­half of Nas­inu and all the 32 con­stituen­cies that we have within SODELPA,” Ms Tabuya said. “They be­lieve that my pres­i­dency within the Nas­inu con­stituency should also be null and void but I’m chal­leng­ing that, not just for me per­son­ally but I think any con­stituency pres­i­dent or ex­ec­u­tive should chal­lenge the party on that. “Af­ter the AGM in Savusavu, Nas­inu and Bua (con­stituen­cies) also had their AGM so we were on track do­ing our own work re­gard­less of who­ever is in the ex­ec­u­tive, this needs to hap­pen. And the con­sti­tu­tion em­pow­ers con­stituen­cies to have their own elec­tions, that’s recog­nised in the con­sti­tu­tion as an au­ton­o­mous body that can have its own ac­tiv­i­ties, open its own bank ac­count and make its own de­ci­sions.”

She said the SODELPA gen­eral sec­re­tary Adi Li­tia Qion­i­bar­avi was in­vited to su­per­vise the elec­tions dur­ing the Nas­inu AGM, how­ever, the de­ci­sions made dur­ing the AGM was made by the peo­ple and not the party.

“We could have had in­de­pen­dent ob­servers and get the su­per­vi­sor of elec­tion so we chose to get the GS but that’s our choice, it doesn’t mean that it’s a de­ci­sion of the party,” Ms Tabuya said.

She said con­stituen­cies were not an ap­point­ment by the party, a de­ci­sion by the party or has any con­cern about the out­comes of the party.

“Once it gets to con­stituency level the power of the peo­ple works there. Even I, as pres­i­dent, am still bound by the pow­ers of the peo­ple. The ex­ec­u­tive does what’s best for the party they don’t have to al­ways con­sult the gen­eral mem­ber­ship, I have to con­sult the gen­eral mem­ber­ship. I’m al­ways hav­ing meet­ings with the Nas­inu coun­cil, the branch mem­bers and co-or­di­na­tors for things that I do, I con­sult them. It’s peo­ple power. It’s the prin­ci­ple of democ­racy bot­tom up.”

She said the party’s con­sti­tu­tion didn’t en­able mem­bers to air their griev­ances or to have a path­way to be heard in or­der to avoid such things like the SODELPA civil court case.

Photo: Ron­ald Ku­mar

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