The National Federation Party has today announced a further 5 candidates to contest the 2014 general elections. They include the President of the largest cultural organisation in the country, a social worker, a retired school teacher, a post-graduate in international relations and a former Captain of Boeing 747 aircraft.
The latest announcement brings to 24 the number of candidates officially endorsed by the NFP, with more candidates to be announced in the next fortnight, which will make the NFP candidates’ line-up as the only genuinely multiracial and most talented election team to contest the elections.
The five candidates are: –
Sadasivan Naicker is a retired Customs Officer. He retired in September last year after almost 39 years of Service. Originally from Koronubu, Ba, Mr Naicker is well known in the Suva-Nausori corridor because of his active involvement in social and community work as well as football.
Mr Naicker has bee actively involved in the Then India Sanmarga Ikya Sangam for the past 32 years. He served Nasinu Sangam in various capacities including as Branch President. At national level, he served as President of TIV Sangam (Sangam’s youth wing).
From 2006 to 2011 he was TISI Sangam’s General Manager. In April 2011, Mr Naicker was elected TISI Sangam’s National President and has led the organisation for the last three years.
Mr Naicker has also served as Chairman of the Nasinu Satelite Carnival for 14 years. He has also served as an Executive Board Member of Fiji Council of Social Services. For the last three years he has been the Chairman of Valelevu Health Centre Board of Visitors.
His passion for soccer saw serve Nasinu Football between 1991 and 2003. He was President of Nasinu Football Association for five years from 1998 to 2003 and was also a Finance Committee Member of Fiji Football Association for 5 years.
Mr Naicker is a recipient of the 25th Independence Anniversary Medal for his social and community work.
Frederick Harol Work is a resident of Lautoka. He has worked in the hospitality industry for many years and is currently the managing director of Top Sand Suppliers Ltd. He also had a rugby stint in Northland, New Zealand.
Mr Work, whose roots are embedded in Nadroga, is a nephew of Christopher Work, a Minister of State in the NFP/FLP Coalition Government of Dr Timoci Uluivuda Bavadra of 1987, deposed in the military coup of May 14, 1987.
Mr Work looks after general welfare issues of Pubic Rental Board residents of Natoqowaqa, Lautoka, is a former member of the Natokowaqa Topline PRB Youth Network Club doing community work and a former Topline Rugby Club Coach.
Sant Kumari Murti is a retired school teacher of Vunivau, Labasa. She is wel known for her social and community work in the North.
Mrs Murti was a teacher for 32 years from 1979 to 2010 and taught in various secondary schools. She also held acting appointments as a vice principal and HOD Mathematics.
She is a member of the Macuata Provincial Development Board, Member of Women in Politics, Vice President of TISI Maathar Sangam. She has assisted in conducting Social Welfare empowerment programs on issues like gender equality, violence against women, child health and protection, and rights for people with disabilities.
Mrs Murti is passionate about her work towards the uplifting of living standards for rural women.
Jone Vakalalabure is currently employed as a Monitoring & Evaluation Specialist by the regional organisation Pacific Leadership Program.
Mr Vakalalabure has a Masters in International Relations from La Trobe University in Melbourne. He has also worked as a short term advsor for UNDP on Climate Change, worked for 9 years with UN AIDS as Regional Programme Specialist and also for the Fiji Red Cross for 4 years between 1999 and 2003.
Mr Vakalalabure possesses: –
- Academic and practical knowledge on political and international relatins
- Experience with minotoring and evaluation work
- Experience in developing stakeholder relationships
He is fully versed with UN funding, operational and management mechanisms.
Captain Rainjesh San (pronounced Sen) has worked in the airline industry for 30 years. He worked as a pilot for Air Pacific (now Fiji Airways) for 22 years from 1988 to 2010, during which time he was promoted to a Captain of the Boeing 747-400 aircraft, now the 2nd largest passenger aircraft in the world.
Captain San has a total of 15,319 hours of flying time on several types of aircraft. Of this he has 8000 hours of flying time as command of jet aircraft.
His career objective as been to develop skills and knowledge at all levels. Now Captain San’s objective is to part of a successful Team NFP.
(Also Narendra Reddy who was announced last week will have to take the oath.
Mr Reddy’s record of service to the community and NFP has been exemplary.