Fo­cus on Work­ing Com­mit­tee meet­ing to­day as party moves af­ter di­rec­tive

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The first at­tempt to kick­start SODELPA af­ter the fall­out from a court rul­ing be­gins to­day.

The re­ma­nents of the Work­ing Com­mit­tee, a body set up to do the leg work for the Man­age­ment Board, the gov­ern­ing body, will meet at party head­quar­ters in Suva. The meet­Ing will fill ca­sual va­can­cies af­ter the land­mark Civil High Court rul­ing that last year’s an­nual gen­eral meet­ing atYaroi Vil­lage, Savusavu was null and void.

The Reg­is­trar of Po­lit­i­cal Par­ties, Mo­hammed Sa­neem, then re­moved pres­i­dent Filipe Tui­sawau, gen­eral sec­re­tary Usaia Waqatairew­a, Vice Pres­i­dent Adi Li­tia Qion­i­bar­avi and others.

Adi Li­tia was re­in­stated to her for­mer po­si­tion as gen­eral sec­re­tary.

Mr Sa­neem has given the party Un­til May 22 to fill the va­cant posts.

Care­taker party leader Si­tiveni Rabuka has been given the green light to help fa­cil­i­tate the process.

As party staff scramble to or­gan­ise to­day’s meet­ing, a new drama has sur­faced. Some mem­bers of the Women’s wing are re­quest­ing that they be rep­re­sented in the meet­ing to ar­tic­u­late women’s is­sues.

But it is un­der­stood they have been told by the party they do not have a seat be­cause the ap­point­ment has to be made by the Man­age­ment Board.

Their pre­vi­ous rep in the com­mit­tee was the late Li­tia Mai­wiri­wiri, the for­mer Women Fo­rum’s pres­i­dent. She was ap­pointed by the Man­age­ment Board.

The Fo­rum can­not nom­i­nate a rep di­rectly to the com­mit­tee, the women have been told. But the women are say­ing that this is ridicu­lous be­cause they are not be­ing given a chance to make their voices heard.

Adi Li­tia had not re­sponded to queries when this edi­tion went to press.

Ne­mani De­laibatiki

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