Rabuka: We Will Ac­cept 2018 Elec­tion Re­sult

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So­cial Demo­cratic Lib­eral Party (SODELPA) Leader Si­tiveni Rabuka says the party will ac­cept the elec­tion re­sult and will not cause any dis­tur­bances.

Speak­ing at a SODELPA rally in Nau­sori Vil­lage yes­ter­day, Mr Rabuka called on the cur­rent govern­ment to do the same. “I have a re­quest and a plea and I ask that all mem­bers of SODELPA ob­serve the law of the land,” Mr Rabuka said.

“Please ob­serve the law of the land, es­pe­cially when the elec­tion results come out. We are also call­ing on the cur­rent govern­ment to ac­cept the elec­tion results when it is an­nounced. We will re­spect the law, we will not cause any dis­tur­bances.”

He be­lieves that SODELPA can­di­dates have cam­paigned well de­spite their lim­ited re­sources.

“I en­cour­age you all this is a very im­por­tant elec­tion be­cause we still have the num­bers,” Mr Rabuka said.

“Within three years the statis­tics can change be­fore the next elec­tion. We may not be the ma­jor­ity group come 2022.” He stated that he was not fo­cus­ing too much on his court case which will be called to­mor­row be­fore Chief Jus­tice Anthony Gates in the High Court in Suva for ap­peal judg­ment.

“I am not think­ing about it, I am al­ready think­ing about Wed­nes­day (Elec­tion Day),” Mr Rabuka said.

“This num­ber (530) will be valid come Wed­nes­day.”

Fur­ther­more, he told party sup­port­ers that he had to re­port to the po­lice sta­tion af­ter the rally to be ques­tioned. “Ev­ery­thing I have been ac­cused of I will never ever usurp their po­si­tion,” Mr Rabuka said.

“Prepa­ra­tion time is about to fin­ish. I have to leave this very im­por­tant meet­ing to go to the po­lice sta­tion.

"I was called at 8.34pm last night (Fri­day) and asked to come, I asked that I be al­lowed to be here (rally).

"I made a com­mit­ment that I would go straight to the po­lice sta­tion af­ter this to be in­ves­ti­gated, to be ques­tioned.” Prom­i­nent Bau chief Ratu Epenisa Cakobau said the was an im­por­tant part in the lives of indige­nous Fi­jians.

“I am not here to take part in pol­i­tics and I thank the Marama na Tui Dreketi for invit­ing me be­cause the vanua is some­thing that is im­por­tant in our lives,” Ratu Epenisa said.

“A lot of peo­ple used to ask me why I did not stand for pol­i­tics and I al­ways tell them that the vanua is more im­por­tant to me.

" It is im­por­tant for me to see that we serve the vanua and in this jour­ney we need to en­sure that we are sta­ble.” “We are try­ing to fig­ure out where to take Fiji in the jour­ney we are in. Let us stand still and see where we will take our chil­dren, our grand­chil­dren in the jour­ney we are about to take in the next few days be­cause it would be for our next gen­er­a­tion.”

SODELPA Pres­i­dent and Tui Cakau Ratu Naiqama Lal­a­bal­avu told those gath­ered that the cam­paign jour­ney has been a dif­fi­cult one.

“It has not been an easy jour­ney. In pol­i­tics we dif­fer as hu­man be­ings in our way of think­ing, in our mind, the prin­ci­ples of what we up­hold and what we stand for and then we do it,” Ratu Naiqama said.

“But in pol­i­tics the beauty of it is try­ing to find a com­mon ground where you will not get 100 per cent of what you want, but at least there is a clear vi­sion in where you want to go.

"That is the beauty of pol­i­tics.

“It is of­ten said that it is dirty. "Yes, it is dirty, but this is not a new thing for us be­cause we know the tra­di­tional way of our life and think­ing and pol­i­tics has been the main­stay of it.”

He re­quested reg­is­tered Fi­jian vot­ers to know who they are vot­ing for on November 14 be­cause they are the ones who will reap the re­wards of who they vote for. “Each vote mat­ters and should be counted and the party re­lies on you,” Ratu Naiqama said. Op­po­si­tion Leader Ro Tei­mumu Kepa said she has been en­cour­aged by the sup­port shown dur­ing her cam­paign meet­ings.

“This gather­ing is very im­por­tant be­cause it comes at the end of cam­paign­ing for the 2018 Gen­eral Elec­tion,” Ro Tei­mumu said.

“In all of my meet­ings and dis­cus­sions with the or­di­nary peo­ple in the last three weeks I have been lifted by the sup­port shown and freely given to SODELPA. “Ev­ery­where I have been I have heard one cry and it is this ‘we want change, we want a new Govern­ment and we want SODELPA’.”

She said SODELPA stood to rep­re­sent all Fi­jians and the poli­cies of SODELPA would ben­e­fit ev­ery­one.

Photo: Wati Tale­bula

Bau Chief Ratu Epenisa Cakobau and Op­po­si­tion leader Ro Tei­mumu Kepa dur­ing the SODELPA Rally held in Nau­sori on November 10, 2018.

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