Rabuka, and Duitu­turaga apol­o­gise to Party sup­port­ers

Fiji Sun - - EXPLAINER - INOKE RABONU Edited by Ivamere Nataro Feed­back: inoke.rabonu@fi­jisun.com.fj

So­cial Demo­cratic Lib­eral Party (SODELPA) Care­taker leader Si­tiveni Rabuka and Gen­eral Sec­re­tary Emele Duitu­turaga apol­o­gised to party mem­bers and sup­port­ers who were locked out dur­ing their meet­ing.

The party held their spe­cial An­nual Gen­eral Assem­bly at the Novo­tel Suva Lami Bay yes­ter­day.

About 100 sup­port­ers, who came from Naitasiri and Nadi to at­tend the meet­ing, were re­fused entry be­cause of the COVID-19 so­cial gath­er­ing re­stric­tions.

The sup­port­ers braved the rain as they waited for the meet­ing to end. Among mem­bers locked out of the meet­ing venue was SODELPA Mem­ber of Par­lia­ment, Inosi Ku­ruidrani, who re­fused to en­ter the meet­ing venue with­out mem­bers of his con­stituen­cies.

Party sup­porter, Ana Mataitoga, who was among the crowd, said it was un­for­tu­nate that the very peo­ple who sup­ported the party dur­ing gen­eral elec­tions were de­nied the right to be in the meet­ing and be given the op­por­tu­nity to raise their con­cerns. Mr Rabuka said all 28 con­stituen­cies were rep­re­sented dur­ing the meet­ing. “We had agreed with seven con­stituen­cies and if they had not ar­rived on time and are not able to fill in their slots, then it would go to an­other con­stituency,” he said.

Ms Duitu­turaga said the Man­age­ment Board had de­ter­mined that there was an equal num­ber of rep­re­sen­ta­tions of the 28 con­stituen­cies. “We had to weigh up a fair dis­tri­bu­tion and we had to be fair and do a first come first serve ba­sis,” she said.

“We be­lieve ev­ery­one has a con­sti­tu­tional right and we are so sorry that we couldn’t ac­com­mo­date ev­ery­one. “We were given the per­mit by the Min­istry of Health to ac­com­mo­date only 200 peo­ple.”

Photo: Inoke Rabonu

SODELPA sup­port­ers locked out of the Spe­cial Gen­eral Meet­ing at the Novo­tel Con­ven­tion Cen­tre on July 25, 2020.

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