NFP Calls for nation to keep Fiji’s 43 Peacekeepers in their prayers

NFP President Roko Tupou Draunidalo has called on the nation to remember and pray for its 43 peacekeepers who are in Golan Heights and currently being held captive by rebels, as news of their capture broke this morning in Fiji.

“In moments of anxiety like this when sons and daughters of Fiji are on the frontlines of peacekeeping, their safety and wellbeing becomes the main priority and we urge the nation to keep them in their prayers” said Draunidalo.

Draunidalo also urged that negotiation efforts by both the RFMF and the international community be further intensified so that their safe release be realised sooner.

“Let us also keep the families of our our peacekeepers in our thoughts and prayers and reach out to them in whatever way possible to demonstrate that their honourable duty of peacekeeping is, while thankless, a noble one that Fiji has never shirked from” added Draunidalo.

A-G SHOULD STOP COMMENTING ON ELECTORAL PROCESS

Mr Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum is not a neutral voice and should be cautious in what he says in his different roles. He has compromised himself by holding too many conflicting positions as General secretary for the Fiji First Party, candidate and Attorney General and Minister for Elections. He is not an objective voice.

In the last few days we have read and seen the Minister Responsible for Elections, Mr Sayed-Khaiyum, make  statements to the media which cannot remain unchallenged. This is on the electoral process, in relation to the appeals and objections to the Electoral Commission and on the High Court case between the Commission and the Supervisor of Elections.

The NFP further states that he Electoral Commission was correct in seeking independent legal advice, when required, even if this is obtained off-shore. It is preposterous of Mr Sayed-Khaiyum to suggest that the Commission obtain advice from his Chambers, or from the Solicitor General. The Commission must be seen to be independent from Mr Sayed-Khaiyum’s office, one of which is the office of the Attorney General whose most senior officer is the Solicitor General.

In the past elections, it has been the custom that legal advice from both the Supervisor of Election’s Office and its Commission be sourced from non-government sources – for obvious reasons! This is obviously not apparent to Mr Sayed-Khaiyum and we spell it out here – this to ensure there is transparency and independence between the two offices when they make important decisions in the electoral processes.

More importantly, it also protects the offices from charges of bias towards any political party especially in the particular circumstances that we have spelt out. The task of conducting elections is the responsibility of the Commission and the Elections Supervisor, not the Minister for Elections.

We would therefore urge both offices to continue to seek legal opinion as and when the need arises from outside government sources because of the clear conflict and compromised position of the Attorney General and Minister of Elections and the general secretary of Fiji First. We re-iterate that the Supervisor and Electoral Commission must be allowed to perform their constitutional role without any semblance of interference from the current government.

Kamal Iyer

General Secretary

 

 

Candidate Numbers Are Out!!

The following three digit numbers represent the NFP candidates representing you in the upcoming general elections. TRUST NFP, VOTE NFP!

Subramani Bal(Bala Dass) No: 137
Reddy Narendra No: 141
Ravulo Emasi Sorokila No: 151
Lata Ansu Vikashni No: 154
Singh Attar No: 155
Koya Siddiq Faizal No: 157
Naituku Simione Vuasevuraki No: 166
Nabalarua Eci Kikau No: 175
Naidu Davendra No: 177
Rae Pramod Kumar No: 186
Nand Satya No: 191
Naidu Latchmaiya No:192
Rabukagaga Kavai Vunidogo No: 193
Singh Raman Pratap No: 199
Ali Khalid Ahmed No: 201
Chand Parmod No: 202
Magan Deven No: 204
Kumar Sunil No: 206
Ratutila Sakiusa Masinivanua No: 207
Draunidalo Roko Tupou Takeiwai Senirewa(President) No: 213
Volatabu Fay Evangeline No: 214
Naicker Sadasivan No: 221
Kumar Rakesh No: 225
Singh Shiromani Priscilla No: 233
Prasad Bimal No: 248
Titoko Semi No: 249
Nand Ragho No: 256
Naidu Dorsami No: 261
Murti Sant Kumari No: 270
Radogo Tuinadave No: 273
Prasad Amrit No. 285
Savea Pino Venasio No: 290
Lote Etonia No: 305
Baravilala Manasa Sumaisuea No: 307
Rafiq Mohammed No: 311
Leawere Senikavika Kelemete No: 316
Ram Bijend Prasad No: 322
Singh Prem No: 324
Raj Bhim No: 326
Sami Jagannath No: 333
San Rainjesh Shayalandra No: 339
Moli Usaia R Ciriwai No: 340
Nabou Leba Seini Lutu No: 341
Chand Anishini No. 343
Prasad Biman Chand (Leader)  – No: 347
Ram Rishi No: 349
Maopa Eroni No: 353
Ratuwara Kalisi Makaba No: 364
Tamani Inia Tubukoso No: 374

Timeline of Fiji’s Current Regime

Election in Fiji on September 17th is a milestone. Since 2006 the country has been led by an undemocratic, unelected regime that calls itself the government of Fiji. In reality, it is a 2-member government. These people have not been selected by the people of this country. They have enforced themselves as the leaders of this country. It is time to move the country forward. It is time to select a democratically elected parliament with people of sound minds who have the potential to serve this country-not a continuation of the dictatorship we have endured for the last 7 years. The deeds of these 2 dictators are many. In case you have forgotten, the following is to remind you of the tortures the country has endured so far:

 

2006 Nov 1, Fiji’s prime minister (Laisenia Qarase) insisted that his government would not step down despite pressure from the country’s military commander, whose relentless criticism of the administration has raised fears of a possible coup.
(AP, 11/1/06)

2006 Nov 2, Commonwealth Secretary General Don McKinnon warned Fiji’s military commander (Bainimara) against a coup after the commander said that the Pacific island nation could be sliding towards “bloodshed.”
(AFP, 11/2/06)

2006 Nov 5, Fiji’s military, locked in a standoff with the government, accused Australia on of breaching its sovereignty by sending an unspecified number of police it described as mercenaries into the country.
(AP, 11/5/06)

2006 Nov 30, Talks to avert a coup in Fiji were deemed “a failure” by the country’s military commander, who issued a fresh threat that he will quickly move to replace the government if it doesn’t meet his demands. Commodore Frank Bainimarama said that the government had not gone far enough and he set a next day deadline for its capitulation. Bainimarama wants the government to kill legislation that would grant pardons to conspirators in a 2000 coup, and quash two other bills that he says unfairly favor majority indigenous Fijians over the ethnic Indian minority.
(AP, 11/30/06)

2006 Dec 3, Commodore Frank Bainimarama told Fiji One television that he wants PM Laisenia Qarase to resign so the military can name a new government for the South Pacific island nation.
(AP, 12/3/06)

2006 Dec 4, In Fiji soldiers moved against at least two police compounds, seizing weapons in the apparent first step toward taking over the South Pacific island nation.
(AP, 12/4/06)

2006 Dec 5, The military seized control of Fiji after weeks of threats, locking down the capital with armed troops and isolating at home the elected leader whose last-minute pleas for help from foreign forces were rejected. Commodore Frank Bainimarama named Dr. Jona Senilagakali, a military medic with no political experience, as caretaker prime minister and said a full interim government would be appointed next week to see the country through to elections that would restore democracy sometime in the future. PM Laisenia Qarase, who had caved in to all demands, was deposed anyway. Pres. Ratu Josefa Iloilo, refused to rubber-stamp Bainimarama’s “doctrine of necessity.”
(AP, 12/5/06)(Econ, 12/9/06, p.49)

2006 Dec 6, Commodore Frank Bainimarama, the ruler who led a coup against Fiji’s elected government, forcibly dissolved the South Pacific island’s parliament, installed a new prime minister and warned that he could use force against dissenters.
(AP, 12/6/06)

2006 Dec 7, Fiji’s newly-imposed premier, Jona Senilagakali (77), admitted the army ouster of the elected government was illegal and that elections could be two years away, but said the nation did not need Western-style democracy.
(AFP, 12/7/06)

2006 Dec 8, The Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group announced Fiji is to be immediately suspended from the Commonwealth following a military coup there earlier this week. The Commonwealth of Nations is a successor to the British Empire and brings together some 53 nations, around a third of the world’s countries and a quarter of the world’s population.
(AP, 12/8/06)

2006 Dec 10, The military regime announced a crackdown on critics of Fiji’s coup, just hours after a house that had become a rallying point for those wanting a return to democracy was ransacked by unknown assailants.
(AP, 12/10/06)

2006 Dec 11, Fiji’s military regime banished ousted Prime Minister Laisenia Qarase from the capital and warned that open opposition to the takeover would be met with force.
(AP, 12/11/06)

2007 Jun 14, Fiji’s military ruler said he was expelling New Zealand’s top diplomat, sending already strained relations between the South Pacific nation and one of its biggest neighbors spiraling even lower. Commodore Bainimarama said he had told New Zealand High Commissioner Michael Green to leave because the diplomat would not “stop interfering in Fiji’s domestic affairs.”
(AP, 6/14/07)

2007 Sep 6, Fiji’s military-led government imposed a month long state of emergency, accusing the prime minister who was ousted in a coup last year of seeking to “destabilize” the South Pacific nation.
(AP, 9/7/07)(Econ, 9/29/07, p.46)

2007 Oct 17, Fiji’s coup leader Voreqe Bainimarama pledged to hold elections in early 2009 as Pacific countries welcomed the move and vowed to continue pressing for progress at a regional summit.
(AP, 10/17/07)

2008 Jun 18, A European Union delegation met Fiji’s coup leader Voreqe Bainimarama, seeking assurances that he will stick to a pledge to hold elections to restore democracy by March 2009.
(AP, 6/18/08)

2008 Aug 19, The 39th annual Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) opened in Niue. Members at the 2-day forum agreed to threaten Fiji with suspension unless elections are held as scheduled by March 2009.
(Econ, 8/23/08, p.34)(www.forumsec.org/event.cfm?cmd=list&sd=200808)

2009 Jan 27, Pacific Island leaders gathered in Port Moresby and threatened to expel Fiji from their forum if coup leader Frank Bainimarama fails to announce credible plans for elections.
(Econ, 1/31/09, p.48)(www.abc.net.au/pm/content/2008/s2475598.htm)

2009 Apr 9, A court in coup-plagued Fiji declared the military government illegal and said the president should immediately appoint an interim leader to oversee a return to democracy.
(AP, 4/9/09)

2009 Apr 10, Fiji’s Pres. Ratu Josefa Iloilo (88) suspended the constitution of his troubled South Pacific country and fired the judges who had declared its military government illegal.
(AP, 4/10/09)(Econ, 4/18/09, p.44)

2009 Apr 15, Fiji’s military government tightened controls on the media, devalued the currency by 20% and said it would not tolerate opposition to plans for a sweeping overhaul of the country’s politics.
(AP, 4/15/09)(Econ, 4/18/09, p.44)

2009 May 2, South Pacific nations announced that military-ruled Fiji has been suspended from the 16-nation bloc for its rejection of democracy, freedom and human rights.
(SFC, 5/2/09, p.A2)

2009 Jul 28, Fiji’s self-appointed PM Commodore Frank Bainimarama, who took power in a bloodless 2006 coup, said aged and ailing President Ratu Josefa Iloilo will retire on July 30.
(AP, 7/28/09)

2009 Aug, In Fiji Laisenia Qarase and Mahendra Chaudhry, rivals to military leader Commodore Bainimarama, joined forces against him.
(Econ, 11/14/09, p.53)

2009 Sep 1, The 53-nation Commonwealth says it has suspended Fiji automatically after it failed to respond to a demand to begin restoring democracy to the island nation.
(AP, 9/1/09)

2009 Nov 4, Fiji’s military leader Commodore Bainimarama booted out the High Commissioners of Australia and New Zealand. He said they were interfering with his efforts to replaced judges he sacked in April. He said relations would be restored only in 2014.
(Econ, 11/14/09, p.53)

2010 Mar 5, Eight Fijian men were sentenced to jail terms of three to seven years for their roles in a 2007 plot to assassinate the armed forces chief Commodore Frank Bainimarama, the island nation’s prime minister, who seized power in a bloodless coup in 2006.
(AP, 3/5/10)

2010 Oct, Roko Tevita Uluilakeb Mara, the commander of Fiji’s biggest regiment, was suspended and soon fled to Tonga. Mara was the youngest son of founding father Ratu Sir Kamisese Mara. From Tonga he denounced the Fiji government and called for regime change.
(Econ, 5/21/11, p.43)

2011 Feb 7, Fiji’s former President Ratu Josefa Iloilo (91) died. The tribal chief served as president from 2000 to 2009 and backed the 2006 military takeover of the country.
(AP, 2/17/11)

2012 Jan 6, Fiji’s government stepped back from a promise of a more open society, imposing new controls on public order just a day before it was supposed to lift more than two years of emergency rule.
(AP, 1/6/12)

2012 Jan 7, Fiji’s military rulers officially lifted a state of martial law in place since 2009.
(SSFC, 1/8/12, p.A6)

2012 Mar 9, Kiribati President Anote Tong said that his Cabinet this week endorsed a plan to buy nearly 6,000 acres on Fiji’s main island, Viti Levu. He said the fertile land, being sold by a church group for about $9.6 million, could provide an insurance policy for Kiribati’s entire population of 103,000, though he hopes it will never be necessary for everyone to leave.
(AP, 3/9/12)

2012 Mar 14, Fiji’s military commander Frank Bainimarama disbanded the Great Council of Chiefs, a leadership tradition on the Pacific island nation since 1875.
(AP, 3/14/12)

2012 Mar 28, Fiji’s military regime said it had seized control of national carrier Air Pacific from Australia’s Qantas because it did not want foreigners to own or control Fijian airlines.
(AFP, 3/28/12)

2012 Aug 3, Fiji’s former PM Laisenia Qarase (71) was sentenced to one year in prison on corruption charges. Qarase was ousted in a 2006 coup.
(SFC, 8/4/12, p.A2)

2012 Dec, A report by the Fiji Constitutional Committee (FCC), appointed last July, was completed but promptly suppressed by security forces.
(Econ, 3/30/13, p.41)

2013 Nov 7, China’s Vice Premier Wang Yang said China will provide a concessionary loan of up to $1 billion to Pacific island nations to support construction projects in a part of the world where Beijing and Taiwan compete for influence. He made the announcement at a forum with Pacific island nations in Guangzhou at a meeting attended by representatives from Micronesia, Samoa, Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu, the Cook Islands, Tonga, Niue and Fiji.
(Reuters, 11/8/13)

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WHO’S IN CHARGE OF ELECTIONS?

It is abundantly clear that the Supervisor of Elections Mohammed Saneem is defying the functions and powers of the Electoral Commission especially the fundamental fact that the Supervisor is required to act upon the directions of the Commission. This follows the Commission’s decision to boycott the draw of the National Candidates List.

Mr Saneem has overstepped his boundary. This follows his decision to defy the decisions on objections and appeals of candidates handed down by the Commission on Friday night, thereby including two candidates disqualified by the Commission in today’s draw of the National Candidates List, as well as refusing to include the name of a candidate whose appeal for candidacy in the elections was upheld by the Commission.

It has now also become plainly clear that Mr Saneem is not exercising his duties under the direction of the Electoral Commission as required by the 2013 Constitution and the Electoral Decree 2014. Basing his decision on purported advice from the Solicitor-General, Mr Saneem rejected the decisions of the Commission claiming they had breached the Decree by not conforming to the 3-day deadline, which he says ended at 4pm on Friday.

He is totally wrong because appeals and objections are filed at different times of the day nominated for such actions. And a day ends at 12 midnight, not at 4pm. Mr Saneem would only have been correct if the Decree had stipulated that the Commission must hand down their decisions within 72 hours of the close of the objection and review period.

Section 76 (3) of the 2013 Constitution states “The Supervisor of Elections must comply with any directions that the Electoral Commission gives him or her concerning the performance of his or her functions”.

Section 8 (a) of the Electoral Decree 2014 states that the Supervisor “must comply with the directions and instructions that the Electoral Commission gives him or her concerning the performance of his or her functions”.

The independence of the Electoral Commission is defined by Section 5(1) of the Electoral Decree states that the Commission “is not subject to the direction or control of any person or authority except the Court and only in respect of whether the Commission performed its functions or exercised its powers in accordance with the Constitution”.

Section 30 (8) of the Electoral Decree empowers the Commission to order the removal of a person from the National Candidates List if it upholds an objection against the candidate. The Commission must exercise its powers under this provision for the sake of a free, fair and credible elections.

Mr Saneem’s actions are highly questionable, more so when the two candidates disqualified by the Electoral Commission are from the Fiji First Party, whose general secretary is the Minister Responsible for Elections, and whose leader is the Constitutional Offices Commission, who together with the Electoral Commission were consulted by the President in appointing the Supervisor.

The independence of the Office of the Supervisor of Elections is now compromised, tarnishing the credibility of the general election.

The obvious rift and standoff between the Electoral Commission and the Supervisor  raises the question of who is actually in charge of the election process and the final outcome of the results.

Biman Prasad

Leader

 

NFP CONFIRMS OBJECTIONS ARE AGAINST FIJI FIRST CANDIDATES

The National Federation Party confirms that registered voters who are Party Members have filed objections against two candidates from Fiji First.

They are Attorney-General and Minister Responsible for Elections Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum and former Acting Permanent Secretary for Justice Mereseini Vuniwaqa.

Mereseini Vuniwaqa

Mereseini Vuniwaqa was the Acting Permanent Secretary for Justice from January 2012 until her resignation in March 2013. In that capacity, Mrs Vuniwaqa was responsible for elections and performed the functions of the Supervisor of Elections under the State Services Decree 2009 that amended Section 24 (2) (5) of the Electoral (Registration of Voters) Decree 2012 that state: –

“Until such time the Supervisor of Elections is appointed by the President under this section, the functions of the Supervisor of Elections shall be exercised by the Permanent Secretary responsible for elections”.

Mrs Vuniwaqa is therefore barred from standing for elections for a period of four years from her last date of employment under Section 57(2) of the 2013 Constitution ie after March 2017.

Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum

Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum nomination is also in breach of Section 57(2) of the 2013 Constitution and Section 23 (4) (e) of the Electoral Decree 2014, as he was exercising the role of the Electoral Commission until it was taken over by the Permanent Secretary responsible for elections in September 2013 following the promulgation of the Constitution under Section 170 (5).

The State Services Decree was amended by the Electoral (Registration of Voters) Decree 2013 by inserting a new sub-section (24 (1) (2)(g) that states:

“Until such time as members of the Electoral Commission are appointed by the President, the functions of the Electoral Commission shall be performed and the powers of the Electoral Commission shall be exercised by the Minister Responsible for Elections”.

Mr Khaiyum is therefore barred from standing for elections for a period of four years i.e. after September 2017 under Section 57(1) of the Constitution.

In the circumstances, we believe that that both Mereseini Vuniwaqa and Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum are ineligible to be nominated as candidates in the September 17 elections.

Kamal Iyer

General Secretary

 

NFP Candidates that have withdrawn

Due to alterations made to the electoral decree, these candidates were unfortunately forced to withdraw;

1. Makereta Waqavonovono    

 

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“I am concerned about the fragile state of the rule of law in Fiji and how our legal system has been undermined.”

Makereta Waqavonovono has a wealth of knowledge, experience and commitment to the law and democracy in Fiji.

What This Election Means To YOU: A return to good governance, transparent and accountable government government which looks after the concerns of all citizens.

Passion for Change: To be part of a new leadership in our country that puts in place measures to make sure we never have to encounter unlawful takeovers.

Profession: A lawyer with more than 25 years of work in various areas of law in Australia, Fiji and Solomon Islands.

Career Highlights: Legal Advisor to the Forum Secretariat, Resident Magistrate in Lautoka and Suva, headed Fiji Legal Aid Commission and Senior Advisor in the Solomon Islands Public Solicitor’s Office (2012).

Qualifications: Arts degree from the University of the South Pacific, Law Degree from the University of New South Wales and a Master’s of Law, Governance and Development from the Australian National University (2013).

Detailed Profile

Makereta is new to national politics but brings a wealth of knowledge, experience and commitment to the law and democracy. She is a consultant lawyer who has worked more than 25 years in various areas of law and other disciplines in Australia, Fiji and Solomon Islands. She is concerned about the fragile state of the rule of law in our country and how our legal system has been undermined in recent years, and is interested in pursuing social and gender justice.

Makareta, now in her 50’s lives in Suva where she was born when her late parents came from Lau to seek a better life in Suva. They were hard working and understood and taught her well the value of education and hard work. Makareta’s father completed primary education and worked in the “native” administration; as a Fijian Magistrate before becoming an Assistant Roko serving in various provincial and rural districts in Fiji. Her mother was not formally educated but supplemented the extended family income by selling handicrafts to tourists in Suva market. Makareta has three surviving older sisters and a younger brother, and numerous nieces and nephews who keep her abreast with younger generational issues!

After schooling at Dudley Primary and Adi Cakobau, Makareta said she was fortunate in being given opportunities to pursue further education to do a Bachelor of Arts at the University of the South Pacific, then at the University of New South Wales in Australia where she did a Bachelor of Laws degree, and more recently a Master of Laws degree in Law, Governance and Development at the Australian National University.

Before going to Australia to study in 1982, Makareta worked as a researcher on social, gender and development issues at USP and for a Pacific women’s non government organisation. After gaining a law degree she worked in the Lands Department and Crown Solicitor’s Office in Sydney for five years and returned to Fiji to be legal advisor to the Forum Secretariat before moving into private practice. From 1996 she worked for seven years as a Resident Magistrate in Lautoka and Suva, presiding over civil, criminal and family cases and conducting court circuits in other semi-urban and rural districts in Fiji. Her career in the judiciary was interrupted by the coups of 2000 and 2006 when she became convinced she could not continue with the then administrations. She has also worked as Director for the Legal Aid Commission and as Senior Legal Advisor in the Solomon Islands Public Solicitor’s Office for over eight years.

Makareta was the first female elected to be the vice president of the USP Students Association in 1976. She has served in various boards and committees for the Fiji YWCA, Fiji Broadcasting Commission, Fiji Women’s Rights Movement and the Fiji/NZ Education Trust. While in Australia she was very active in the Fiji pro democracy movement. She is interested in making ordinary people more aware of their legal and human rights and the avenues for redress and measures to ensure there is respect for the law by all citizens and that the laws are accessible and apply equally to every citizen. Makareta would like to see a more peaceful and non-militarised Fiji that promotes economic opportunities for all and wants to be involved in the equal development of women and men in our communities.

2. Jone Vakalalabure

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“I am concerned with the rule of law, parliamentary democracy and freedom of human rights.”

 

Jone Vakalalabure, 40, is a trusted man of the village with a Masters degree in International Relations and a particular interests in governance and social justice.

Career: From a Savusavu farming family, he has worked in health and development administration and facilitation for regional and international organisations including the UN. Most recently was a monitoring and evaluations specialist with the Pacific Leadership Program, and is also chairperson of village trust funds. He understands the struggles of rural communities because of his experiences as a student during tough times.

 Leadership: Serving the people first to bring about developmental leadership for policy and institutional reforms for the public good and striving for good academic debate and participation in a well respected environment for developmental change.

Aims: Firstly to repair the economy because it is the single biggest factor affecting people every day.

Passion: For democracy and liberating people to realise their full potential.

Detailed Profile

Jone Vakalalabure is a trusted man of the village with a Masters degree in International Relations from La Trobe University in Australia and a particular interests in governance and social justice in Fiji, and Middle Eastern and Asian geopolitics.

He was born in Savusavu 40 years ago into a farming family. He attended Labasa College and then went to university in Melbourne. His career has taken him to the Fiji Red Cross as health and care coordinator, as Program Specialist in the Joint United Nations Program for HIV/AIDS, as a climate change and development facilitator with the UN Development Program, and most recently as monitoring and evaluations specialist with the Pacific Leadership Program until deciding to stand for election. He is also chairperson of village trust funds.

Jone Vakalabure is standing for election because he wants to help bring back the rule of law, parliamentary democracy and freedom of human rights. He chose to stand with NFP because as the oldest party in Fiji, it has stood through the best and worst of times without losing its focus or its principles, and has demonstrated solidarity, inclusiveness, cohesiveness and unity.

For him, parliamentary leadership is about serving the people first to bring about developmental leadership for policy and institutional reforms for the public good. He brings to this a good background and perspectives of struggling in the rural community. He understands about having to work his way through tough times to achieve good academic qualifications and work experience covering not only in Fiji but in the region and internationally. It is this lifelong experience that he wants to give back as a learning to the younger generation. He continually strives for good academic debate and participation in a well respected environment for developmental change. The first thing he plans to do in parliament is to repair the economy because it is the single biggest factor affecting people every day. He feels people can trust their vote to him because he has demonstrated that he can work hard, persevere, has knowledge and passion for democracy and liberating people to realise their full potential.

Jone likes keeping fit and going hiking and camping, and is a bachelor dad to a five year old son.

On the campaign trail

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On the campaign trail last night in the Central Division, which included Party Leader, Professor Biman Prasad academic Dr Adi Eci Kikau Nabalarua, women’s advocate, Fay Volatabu and trade unionists Pramod Rae and Attar Singh.

NFP announces four new candidates

Four more candidates were named today by Fiji’s National Federation Party, bringing to 49 the number of candidates the party has named so far for the 2014 General Elections.

Named today were Savusavu businesswoman Kalesi Ratuwara, Small Business consultant Anshu Lata from Labasa, retired school teacher Etonia Lote and 23-year-old lawyer Anishni Chand.

The party remains firm on plans to submit 50 nominations to the Fijian Elections Office next Monday for accreditation for the forthcoming election.They are expected to name their 50th candidate tomorrow.

Read more at: http://fijilive.com/news/2014/08/nfp-names-4-more-candidates-for-election/58605/
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NFP announces four new candidates

The National Federation Party has today announced four candidates for the September 17 general elections.

This brings the total number of candidates to 49 for the general elections. Our 50th candidate will be revealed tomorrow.

They are: –

  1. Kalisi Rarawa Makaba Ratuwara

Kalisi Ratuwara, oroginaly from Savusavu, is currently managing a small business in migration, small tour operations and New Zealand study recruitment. She has been engaged in this business for the past 7 years.

At the same time she is enhancing her education by continuing fulltime studies for her law degree at the University of Fiji. She is the treasurer of Uni Fiji’s Law Society as well as Secretary of Suva Cruise Ship Small Tour Operators.

Kalisi is a firm believer in the rule of law, parliamentary democracy, freedom and human rights.

She has decided to contest the elections under NFP’s banner because she believes that as Fiji’s oldest political party, the NFP is genuinely multiracial and has not shirked its principles which are our enduring values.

  1. Anshu Lata

 Anshu Lata, originally, from Labasa, is a Consultant and Market Researcher organising events focusing on talent development, environment and women.

For the last 4 years Miss Lata has been a consultant for Small and Medium Enterprises for Women. From 2011 to 2013 she was National Director for Miss Earth Carousel Productions Ltd.

Miss Lata was also the consultant/artistic director for a project on diabetes awareness for the USP, International Foundation for diabetes awareness, University of  Arizona and the Health Ministry.

She has been involved in beauty paegents, both as a consultant and as a judge.

  1. Etonia Lote

 Mr Etonia Lote is a retired school teacher and possesses a Bachelor of Education from USP. His teaching career last for 24 years. Mr Lota hails from Lomaiviti.

More importantly, Mr Lote is the author of NA MOLI KOULA., a textbook used in Year 9 till Year 13 Vosa Vakaviti classes. He has visited secondary schools throughout the country over the last four years to talk about his publications.

Mr Lote is also the founder of DOKIDOKI band. His three sons are currently performing for the Band. Mr Lote therefore is a extremely talented person – an educationist, author and a musician.

  1. Anishini Chand

 Anishini Chand , at 23 years of age, is our youngest  candidate in these elections.

She is a lawyer and her work experience includes working for the Fiji Commerce Commission, Reddy Nandan Lawyers and a Senior Peer Mentor for law at USP.

Miss Chand has decided to contest the elections under the NFP banner to educate the people of Fiji about their future. She believes the three arms of government should start functioning as separate entities, that is the legislative, judicial and executive arms.

Most importantly, Miss Lata wants to end dictatorship that has plagued this country for the last 8 years.