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“Trust Our Diversity, Representing All Communities in Fiji”

Team NFP – the team to trust.

NFP is fielding a team for the 2014 elections whose defining characteristic is diversity.

Candidates come from all walks of life, from canefields to law offices, business enterprises to classrooms. They are economists, consultants, gender specialists, ecologists, youth advocates, religious leaders, company directors, writers, social workers and experienced politicians. They are the people who are important in your community because they get things going, make things work properly, and stand for appropriate development to better the economy and people’s lives.

They come from many different locations, from rural villages, isolated settlements, distant islands and thriving townships as well as from the heart of Suva, bringing with them the values of their communities and the experience of early struggles for survival and for an education.

The are of different ethnicities and cultures, bringing an understanding of iTaukei tradition, of South Indian customs, of Kailoma lifestyles, of North Indian conventions, but whatever their background, sharing a common respect for the others.

They are of different faiths and beliefs, including Christians of many churches, Hindus, Muslims and those who are strongly humanitarian, sharing a common regard for the important values and principles.

A characteristic they share are qualifications – many have high academic honours, all have experience that brings knowledge and wisdom.

They are a diverse, dynamic, multiracial partnership who share a firm belief that ‘we can make it work’.

They are the team to trust.

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Prasad Biman Chand (Leader) No: 347
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Biman Chand Prasad: Party leader , son of rice farmers and a highly qualified economist who can truly guide Fiji’s economy to growth to create jobs that pay a fair living wage.

Qualifications: Degrees from the University of the South Pacific and overseas reaching Doctor of Philosophy.

Career: Became a professor at a young age and headed the largest faculty at USP. An international scholar, he has contributed significantly to debate on social and economic issues in the region and on international bodies as a member.

A trusted leader: Longstanding member of NFP, fought 1999 election, holds firmly to enduring NFP values of human rights, democracy and freedom, respecting the aspirations of Fiji’s diverse communities.

Transparency: As an MP he will work with honesty and integrity. As a Parliamentary leader he intends to serve the people with transparency, good governance and accountability.

Concerns: Poverty, income inequality, unemployment and poor economic performance.

What this means for you: First job in Parliament will be to reduce the cost of living immediately by reducing VAT from 15% to 10%.

Detailed Profile

Biman Chand Prasad is a leader you can trust of a party you can trust to take the country to prosperity, security and a better life for all. He is a highly qualified economist who can truly guide Fiji’s economy to growth, create jobs that provide fair living wages and generate enough national wealth for everyone to have a decent meal each day. He wants to change the course of Fiji history through good policies and political dialogue.

Professor Prasad, 52, was born into a rice farming family in Dreketi, Vanua Levu and like any ordinary farmer’s son, attended the local schools: Muanidevo Indian School, Dreketi Junior Secondary School and then Labasa College. He went on to the University of the South Pacific, gaining a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mathematics and Economics in 1984 and a Graduate Certificate in Education in 1985.

During his student days Professor Prasad was the President of the Indian Students Association. He led many presentation and protests on behalf of the students including coordinating a hunger strike against the government in 1984. After the 1987 coup in Fiji, Professor Prasad was elected the founder President of the Fiji Youth and Students League, an organization at the forefront in calling for the return to democratic government in Fiji. He was later president of the USP Staff Association for seven years.

Professor Prasad completed a Post Graduate Diploma in Education from USP in 1988, a Master of Commerce from the University of New South Wales in 1991 and Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Queensland, Australia in 1997. He rose through the academic ranks of Lecturer to the highest level of Professor at a very young age and ultimately headed the largest faculty within USP. He received the prestigious Indian Council for Cultural Relations fellowship to the Jawaharlal Nehru University in 2011.

Professor Prasad is an international scholar and has contributed significantly to the debate on social and economic issues in the region and on international bodies as a member. He has an accomplished academic reputation with several books and many articles published on economic development, trade and environment issues and is involved in publication of Fijian academic journals. He has done consultancy work for international organisations such as the Asian Development Bank, Food and Agricultural Organisation, The World Trade Organisation, AusAID, etc and governments in the Pacific region.

Professor Prasad has traveled extensively around the world and has presented papers at many international conferences. He has been a visiting Professor at the Kagoshima University in Japan and at the Otago University in New Zealand. Professor Prasad has taught in the Regional Trade Policy Course for the Asia-Pacific region at the Universities of Hong Kong and National University of Singapore. In addition, he is a regular media commentator and has given numerous interviews to local and international media.

Professor Prasad was unanimously elected the Leader of the National Federation at its Annual General Meeting on the 29 of March, 2014. For him, leadership means serving the people with transparency, good governance and accountability. The background he brings to the task is not only his intelligence, knowledge, experience and qualifications, but the instilled family values of humility, trust and honesty. He sees these as utterly important in discharging public duties. He is able to understand issues both at the local and national level and to make policies to address them.

Professor Prasad is a longstanding member of NFP which claimed his allegiance because of its record of being the only party that has never supported a coup, but held firmly to the enduring values of human rights, democracy and freedom. He says NFP leaders have always been honest and have respected the aspirations of Fiji’s diverse communities. He fought the 1999 General Election and in 2014 he believes people should vote for him because they can trust him to do his work as a parliamentarian with honesty and integrity.

As a Parliamentary leader he intends to serve the people with transparency, good governance and accountability. His particular issues of concern are poverty, income inequality, unemployment and poor economic performance. His first job in Parliament will be to reduce the cost of living immediately by reducing VAT from 15% to 10%.

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Draunidalo Roko Tupou Takeiwai Senirewa(President No: 213
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Tupou Draunidalo was elected as the first taukei President of the NFP on March 29. She is the 2nd woman President. She brings added strength to the party’s multiracial philosophy and character.

Ms Draunidalo received her primary and secondary school education at Draiba, Veiuto, Suva Grammar and Canberra.

She successfully completed her Bachelor of Laws Degree at the Australian National University in Canberra. She was admitted to the Bar of the Supreme Court of the Australian Capital Territory and High Court of Fiji in 1999.

Ms Draunidalo has been in private practice and also a legal advisor to political parties, political leaders and counsel appearing in court for citizens including the poor and those unable to afford counsel, business people, landowning units, NGOs, lawyers and the elected PM, Laisenia Qarase.

She was the Counsel on record for the intervenor in the Fiji Court of Appeal, Qarase v Bainimarama constitutional challenge in April of 2009.

Ms Draunidalo is a Former Vice President of Fiji Law Society.

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Singh Shiromani Priscilla No:233
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Priscilla Singh is a human rights defender, a gender justice advocate, and a NFP political activist since 1991, who has been elected to local government three times.

Qualifications: Bachelor of Arts degree from USP and a post graduate Diploma from the Eastern Mennonite University, Virginia, USA, a gender and peacebuilding trainer.

Career: Nine years experience as a councillor on Suva City Council working directly with communities; in conflict resolution with civil society, trade unions and political parties; board member and long-time active member of Fiji Women’s Rights Movement, raising awareness about violence against women, , civic education, and working with the poor and needy. She is also a board member of the Habitat for Humanity which serves to house the poor.

My concern: To bring a return to democratic governance and to restore people’s fundamental freedoms so people live a life of dignity.

What this means to you: Lives free from poverty, violence and violation of rights.

A Trusted Leader: Believes in NFP’s principles and values of inclusiveness, consultation and participation, defence of the rule of law and human rights.

Strength: Ability to work in cross cultural settings with ease and effectiveness, at all levels of society and with all communities.

Priscilla Singh is a human rights defender and gender justice advocate, and an NFP activist since 1991 who has been elected to local government three times.

In her nine years’ experience as a Suva City Councillor, Priscilla worked directly with communities and advocated on their behalf to make sure basic human rights principles and standards in policy decisions were followed in terms of sanitation, infrastructure, housing, etc. She works closely with rural women in raising awareness on violence against women, health issues, civic education, and fundraising for the poor, needy and elderly in our communities.

She has also worked in conflict transformation and resolution with civil society, trade unions and political parties. She has worked passionately to increase women’s participation in shared decision‐making, particularly in local and national political mechanisms. She is an active, long time member of the Fiji Women’s Rights Movement and a board member whose strengths are networking; understanding and appreciating diverse viewpoints; and her ease in cross-cultural settings. This gives her ability to work with all levels in the community including political and religious leaders, NGOs and civil society with people of all ages and backgrounds.

Priscilla’s wants to bring a return to democratic governance and to restore people’s fundamental freedoms, with a lives free from poverty, violence and violation of their rights. She stands for NFP because of her belief in the party’s principles and values of inclusiveness, consultation and participation, and its defence of the rule of law and human rights.

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Chand Parmod No:202
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Progress and Development of the Northern Division

Parmod Chand, 59, of Labasa is an experienced Parliamentarian and businessman who wants to help bring change to Fiji’s political culture, from the politics of confrontation and falsehood to the politics of dialogue, honesty and integrity.
Career: Farmer, bus proprietor, managing director, insurance underwriter and committed preacher. The son of a politician, he was a member of the House of Representatives 1994 — 1999 and served on the Labasa Town Council 1992-1996.

Community: executive committee member of Labasa Chamber of Commerce, former chairman and Commander of Northern Division Community Policing, vice president of the Fiji Bus Operators Association, Senior Pastor of Pathway Assembly of God, trustee of Fiji Football Association and office bearer of Labasa Golf Club, Squash Association and Soccer Association, and has served as vice president of the NFP.

Concerns: Social moral breakdown involving lawlessness, drug and substance abuse and family breakdown. He is particularly concerned about the progress and development of the Northern Division.

Commitment: Contribute more effectively to Fiji’s growth with honesty and a willingness to move on, working for equality for all and to accelerate economic growth.

Parmod Chand of Labasa is an experienced Parliamentarian and businessman who wants to help bring change to Fiji’s political culture, from the politics of confrontation and falsehood to the politics of dialogue, honesty and integrity.
Born in Korotari, Chand, 59, was educated in Labasa and had a career that has taken him from farmer to bus proprietor, managing director, insurance underwriter and a committed preacher.

The son of a politician, Vishnu Prasad, Chand was a member of the House of Representatives from 1994 to 1999 and deputy chairman of the Parliamentary Select Committee on Agriculture. He served on the Labasa Town Council 1992-1996.

His community involvement includes being an executive committee member of Labasa Chamber of Commerce, former chairman and Commander of Northern Division Community Policing, vice president of the Fiji Bus Operators Association, Senior Pastor of Pathway Assembly of God, trustee of Fiji Football Association and vice president of the NFP. Chand remains with NFP because it has remained true to its vision and mission from the beginning.

His issues of concern include social moral breakdown involving lawlessness, drug and substance abuse and family breakdown. He is particularly concerned about the development and progress of the Northern Division.

Leadership in Parliament would enable him to contribute more effectively to Fiji’s growth. He would bring to it commitment and honesty, and a willingness to move on. Chand has already served the people of Fiji faithfully and will continue to do so. He would work for equality for all and to accelerate economic growth.

With an interest in golf, he has served as a committee member and club captain of Labasa Golf Club, also as President of Labasa Squash Association, and vice president and vice patron of Labasa Soccer Association.

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Kumar Rakesh No:225
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Rakesh Kumar, 44, from Veisaru, Ba, brings sincerity and commitment to Team NFP and will work to reduce food prices as part of his overall effort to help disadvantaged people.

Understanding: Now living in Lautoka, Kumar comes from a cane farming background and attended Khalsa College before embarking on a career as an accounts auditor. His humble beginnings in a large family gives him an appreciation of how people are struggling for survival in present times.

Community: He has served the community as a member and former president of Shri Sanatan Dharam Pratinidhi Sabha of Lautoka, and has a strong interest in reading religious scriptures and promoting religious teaching.

Concerns: His main concerns are the high cost of living and poor standards of living for disadvantaged people, and the lack of support for small to medium enterprises.

Leadership: He sees NFP as having a good track record and maintaining its principles and policies for all people of Fiji. In leadership it is an opportunity to serve the whole nation.

Rakesh Kumar, 44, from Veisaru, Ba, brings sincerity and commitment to Team NFP and will work to reduce food prices as part of his overall effort to help disadvantaged people.
Now living in Lautoka, Kumar comes from a cane farming background and attended Khalsa College before embarking on a career as an accounts auditor. His humble beginnings in a large family gives him an appreciation of how people are struggling for survival in present times.
He has served the community as a member and former president of Shri Sanatan Dharam Pratinidhi Sabha of Lautoka, and has a strong interest in reading religious scriptures and promoting religious teaching.

His main concerns are the high cost of living and poor standards of living for disadvantaged people, and the lack of support for small to medium enterprises.
He sees NFP as having a good track record and maintaining its principles and policies for all people of Fiji. In leadership it is an opportunity to serve the whole nation with sincerity and commitment.

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Ratutila Sakiusa Masinivanua No: 207
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Sakiusa Masinivanua Ratutila, 60, from Nasovivi, Namuka, Macuata played a leadership role over more than 20 years on development, cooperative and other committees as well as the provincial council and now wants to serve people throughout Fiji

Leadership: A proud villager and member of the chiefly council in the vanua of Namuka, he has served on many community committees and is vice president of the Wainikoro Fishermen’s Cooperative. As a strong Christian he stands by the principles of equality espoused by NFP

Concerns: The environment and to see the standard of living of families with improved services to water and electricity and to choose organic foods to reduce non communicable diseases; youths to be equipped to lead and senior citizens cared for, especially with health.

Issues: Land ownership and qoliqoli, the poor standard of roads in the Northern Division and the absence of a secondary school in Namuka, and the need to protect the environment and use natural resources in a sustainable way.

Aim: First to push for a tarsealed road through the Northern Division, especially in the Tikina of Namuka.

Sakiusa Masinivanua Ratutila is from Nasovivi, Namuka, Macuata where he has played a leadership role over more than 20 years on development, cooperative and other committees as well as the provincial council and now wants to serve people throughout Fiji to improve their lives through utilising the resources available to them in a sustainable manner.

Ratutila, 60, is a proud villager and member of the chiefly council in the vanua of Namuka. The committees he has worked on include the Disaster and Health committees and is vice president of the Wainikoro Fishermen’s Cooperative ad interim member of the Cokaulevu Cooperative. As a strong Christian he stands by the principles of equality espoused by NFP that people are all equal in the eyes of God.

His concerns are with the environment and to see the standard of living of families improved in terms of easy access to necessities such as water, roads and electricity, and to choose a diet of organic foods to reduce non communicable diseases. Most importantly he wants to create a base natural resources that are endangered and being depleted. He wants youths to be well motivated and equipped as leaders of tomorrow, and that all senior citizens are cared for, especially with health services.

Particular issues are land ownership and its qoliqoli, the poor standard of roads in the Northern Division and the absence of a secondary school in Namuka. In Parliament he would speak out passionately to advocate on issues, and stand by his words.

His first work in Parliament will be to push for a tarsealed road through the Northern Division, especially in the Tikina of Namuka.

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Singh Attar No: 155
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Attar Singh: Lifelong unionist campaigning for workers’ rights and a stalwart of the NFP leadership.

Career: Son of canefarmer, avionics engineer, three decades of union leadership and a national union leader, previous NFP Leader and candidate in three elections.

A trusted leader: Joined the NFP in 1991, General Secretary 1998 – 2002, trustee and on party management board, Party Leader for 2001 and 2006 elections, contested the 1999, 2001 and 2006 elections.

Detailed Profile

He believes in the rule of law, democracy, and will work to amend the 2013 Constitution to restore worker rights and fundamental freedoms for all.Attar was born in Labasa, the son of canefarmers living near Waiqele Airport and has an elder brother,five elder sisters and a younger sister. He now lives in Samabula.

He was educated at Waiqele Bhartiya Pathshala and Sangam SKM High School, and has professional tertiary qualifications in engineering and industrial relations. At Air Pacific he worked as an avionics engineer before becoming a fulltime trade unionist in 1988, serving as elected general secretary for the Air Pacific Employees Association which amalgamated with other airline unions to form the Fiji Aviation Workers Association, later becoming the Transport Workers Union. In 2004 he was elected general secretary of the Communication, Mining and General Workers Union until May 2014.

He was also general secretary of the Fiji Islands Council of Trade Unions from 2002 until resigning in both his union positions in May, 2014 because of the Political Parties
Decree requirements.

During this period he served in national union leadership and represented Fijian unions on several international union bodies, at meetings and conferences. He joined the NFP in 1991 as a Suva sub-urban branch official and rose to branch secretary. He was elected as party General Secretary in May 1998 and served until resignation in February 2002.

He was later appointed a party trustee and served on the party’s management board in various capacities. Attar was appointed Party Leader for the 2001 and 2006 elections and contested the 1999, 2001 and 2006 elections.

Attar is standing for election in 2014 to pursue the workers’ concerns in Parliament, particularly restoration trade union rights and change or repeal of all employment related decrees issued by the Bainimarama government. His overall interest in standing for Parliament is to improve the quality of life in Fiji for workers, farmers and the vulnerable and underprivileged and restore fundamental rights for all. Being in Parliament gives the opportunity for him to raise and discuss the issues for resolution in the highest people’s chamber.

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Moli Usaia R Ciriwai No: 340
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Usaia Moli, 34, has a career in youth development, training and mentoring and brings a youthful passion to improving conditions and opportunities for young people.

Career: Working in youth care and development at Chevalier Hostel, Fiji Council of Social Services, Work Bridge Fiji, Streetwize programme and Pacific Centre for Peacebuilding and served as board member on the YMCA and FENCE Fiji amongst other organisations.

Concerns: Health issues of youth, child labour and trafficking, elimination of violence against women, climate change and environmental concerns, particularly in mining, and job creation.

Commitment: To speak for those without opportunity to call for justice, dignity and freedom, and work to make youth concerns heard because they are the platform on which development should be based.

In Parliament: Put more focus and more resources into youth development including sports as a profession, to include human rights and values based training in the school’s curriculum and youth related government based training.

Usaia Moli has a career in youth development, training and mentoring and brings a youthful passion to improving conditions and opportunities for young people.

Moli, 34, is from Kalabu and has worked for organisations including the Chevalier Hostel, Fiji Council of Social Services, Work Bridge Fiji, Streetwize programme and Pacific Centre for Peacebuilding. He has served as board member on the YMCA and FENCE Fiji, and worked with the Rainbow Coalition, Youth for Integrity Transparency International, Provincial Youth Forum and been chair of the National Youth Council. His concerns are health issues of youth, child labour and trafficking, elimination of violence against women, climate change and environmental concerns, particularly in mining, and job creation.

Moli believes that young people have to move from being just a stamp in policies to become champions for underlining their own issues because they are the platform on which development should be based. While they have spent years struggling to be heard and seen, Moli wants to bridge this gap to action youth agendas. Extra-ordinary times in Fiji called for ordinary citizens such as himself to stand and speak for those who don’t have the opportunity to call for justice, dignity and freedom. In deciding to stand for NFP he looked at the party history, policies and the character of the members, and found it was an easy choice.

In Parliament, Moli will continue his hands on commitment, consistency and passion he has shown over the years to giving the disempowered a presence and will work to put more focus and more resources into youth development, something much more than sports. He will work to initiate programmes that will include human rights and values that people are now barely holding on to.

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Reddy Narendra No: 141
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Narendra Reddy of Tavua has an exemplary record of service, both to the community as well as the NFP.

Elections: Reddy has fought four elections including a by-election.

Sugar industry leadership: He successfully contested four Sugar Cane Growers Council elections from 1995 to 2004. He was a Sugar Cane Growers Councillor from 1995 to 2009 for the Yaladro Sector in Tavua. Reddy served as Vice-Chairman of the Growers Council, a member of the Ba Mill Area Committee and member of the Sugar Commission during this time. He also served as the General Manager of Dakshina India Andhra Sangam of Fiji

Community service: Currently he is the Chairman of Tavua District Advisory Council and a member of the Ba Provincial Development Committee. He has served as Tavua Hospital Board Chairman, Tavua Rural Local Authority Chairman, Tavua Farmers Club Cooperative Association Ltd Chairman and Tavua Andhra Sangam School Chairman.

JP: He has been a Justice of the Peace since 2002.

Narendra Reddy of Tavua has an exemplary record of service, both to the community as well as the NFP.

Reddy has fought four elections including a by-election. He successfully contested four Sugar Cane Growers Council elections from 1995 to 2004. He was a Sugar Cane Growers Councillor from 1995 to 2009 for the Yaladro Sector in Tavua.

Mr Reddy served as Vice-Chairman of the Growers Council, a member of the Ba Mill Area Committee and member of the Sugar Commission during this time. He also served as the General Manager of Dakshina India Andhra Sangam of Fiji

Currently he is the Chairman of Tavua District Advisory Council and a member of the Ba Provincial Development Committee. He has served as Tavua Hospital Board Chairman, Tavua Rural Local Authority Chairman, Tavua Farmers Club Cooperative Association Ltd Chairman and Tavua Andhra Sangam School Chairman.

Mr Reddy has been a Justice of the Peace (JP) since 2002.

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Ram Bijend Prasad No:322
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Dr. Bijend Prasad Ram, known as Dr BP Ram, is the NFP spokesman on Health and Welfare. He is particularly concerned about public health, education and sustenance through local agriculture, three important pillars of any economy. Dr. Ram, 60, is from Labasa and is based in Suva.

Qualifications: He has qualifications from Fiji School of Medicine, the University of Sydney, University of NSW, and University of PNG, Korea Institute for Population and Health, Harvard University and London Royal College accreditations.

Service: Over 36 years of community service as a medical and public health officer including founding and being Vice President of the Kidney Foundation of Fiji / Fiji Kidney Dialysis Board of Directors and founder and director of the Action for Children and the Aged Trust community programmes.

Political involvement: Participated in national elections in 1999 and 2002 to help the democratization process and he has a strong desire to see the country move away from coups.

Concerns: Intends to pursue innovative policy changes on health, education, ecological and environmental conservation and sustenance programmes.

Dr. Bijend Prasad Ram, known as Dr B. P. Ram, is the NFP spokesman on Health and Welfare. He is particularly concerned about public health, education and sustenance through local agriculture, three important pillars of any economy and the backbone of a robust nation.

Dr Ram, 60, is from Labasa and now lives in Suva.   He has qualifications from Fiji School of Medicine, the University of Sydney, University of NSW, and University of PNG, Korea Institute for Population and Health, Harvard University and London Royal College accreditations. He has expertise in General Practice, Community Medicine, Population and Health, Health Research Planning and as a Health Management Consultant. He serves on medical education and university boards and is an adjunct University of Fiji Professor in the Department of Community Medicine. He has served on many professional medical organizations and national health sector reviews and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene in London.

Dr Ram has been involved internationally in Population and Health through the World Health Organization, South Pacific Commission and other bodies. His concerns include Fiji’s international relations that he believes are at a critical point because of disadvantaged socioeconomic policies such as the need to re-think the look north policy in connection with traditional ties and Fiji neighborhood, and drug trafficking and abuse in connection with socioeconomic disparities. He is also concerned about growing inequality in access and affordability of health care, a failing national health system and silencing of the medical professional voice and the cutting off of their direct participation in Health Delivery.

He is visibly involved and pursues innovative policy changes on health, education, ecological and environmental conservation and sustenance programmes for the disadvantaged and vulnerable population. He will work in the best interest of the populace and their basic rights through a just and honest governance structure; the promotion of equitable resources distribution and avenues of redress; re-establishment of primary care and to empower Fiji citizens for self determination, participation in community livelihood and security in food, housing, employment and health; and seek an accord on environment and ecological sustainability.

He has over 36 years of community service as a medical and public health officer including founding and being Vice President on Kidney Foundation of Fiji / Fiji Kidney Dialysis Board of Directors and founder and director of the Action for Children and the Aged Trust community & Fiji-wide campaigns and programmes.

Dr. Ram participated in national Elections in 1999 and 2002 to help the democratization process and he has a strong desire to see the country move away from coups.

His interests are in the health and welfare of all and health systems innovations where Government or private services have failed or not made their mark, and providing alternative mechanisms for the advancement of welfare for all; and national health research and education and information through information communication technology.

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Nand Satya No: 191
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Satya Nand, 60, has had an exemplary teaching career that earned him an excellence award in 2002 and now as a farmer was awarded Vegetable Farmer of the Year title in 2012.

Qualifications: He was educated at Yalava Schools, Sigatoka and Nadi Secondary before studying for a BA and Diploma in Hindi at Delhi University in India, later doing further education studies at USP.

Career: 30 year teaching career at Kavanagasau College in Sigatoka beginning 1979, becoming principal in 2001 before becoming a pawpaw farmer.

Service: Satya Nand served the community as chairman of the Crime Prevention Committee from 1978 to 2000, Yalava cane harvesting gang sardar in 1987, is vice president of the Board of Visitors Raiwaqa Health Centre, chairman of Kavanaqasau Police Post, and served as District Advisory Councillor.

Concerns: Urgent attention given to the agriculture sector to avoid the rural economy deteriorating further and reduction to the high cost of living contributing to the escalation in poverty.

Satya Nand has had an exemplary teaching career that earned him an excellence award in 2002 and now as a farmer was awarded Vegetable Farmer of the Year title in 2012.

Born 60 years ago in Yalava, Sigatoka, he was educated at Yalava School and Nadi Secondary before studying for a BA at Delhi University in India, where he also acquired a Diploma in Hindi. He later did further education studies at Fiji College of Advanced Education and USP.

He began his 30 year teaching career at Kavanagasau College in Sigatoka in 1979, becoming principal in 2001. He is now a pawpaw farmer in Sigatoka.

Satya Nand also served the community, as chairman of the Crime Prevention Committee from 1978 to 2000, Yalava cane harvesting gang sardar in 1987, is vice president of the Board of Visitors Raiwaqa Health Centre, chairman of Kavanaqasau Police Post, and served as the District Advisory Councillor.

He has a special interest in farming and in Parliament wants to see urgent attention given to the agriculture sector to avoid the rural economy deteriorating further. He also wants to work to reduce the high cost of living that has contributed to the escalation in poverty in the past eight years.

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San Rainjesh Shayalandra No: 339
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Rainjesh San is a highly experienced airline captain who has helped pilot Fiji Airways to success. His objective now is to be part of a successful Team NFP.

Career: Captain San (pronounced Sen) has worked in the airline industry for 30 years. He has been a pilot for Air Pacific (now Fiji Airways) for 22 years from 1988 to 2010. During this time he was promoted to Captain of the Boeing 747-400 aircraft, now the second largest passenger aircraft in the world.

Experience: Of the 15,319 hours of flying time on several types of aircraft Capt San has accumulated in his career, 8000 hours has been in command of jet aircraft.

Objective: His career objective as always been to develop skills and knowledge at all levels. Now he will apply them to Team NFP.

Captain Rainjesh San is a highly experienced airline captain who has helped pilot Fiji Airways to success. His objective now is to be part of a successful Team NFP.

Capt San (pronounced Sen) has worked in the airline industry for 30 years. He has been a pilot for Air Pacific (now Fiji Airways) for 22 years from 1988 to 2010. During this time he was promoted to Captain of the Boeing 747-400 aircraft, now the second largest passenger aircraft in the world.

Of the 15,319 hours of flying time on several types of aircraft Capt San has accumulated in his career, 8000 hours has been in command of jet aircraft.

His career objective as always been to develop skills and knowledge at all levels. Now he will apply them to Team NFP.

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Naidu Dorsami No: 261
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Dorsami Naidu, 59,NFP Member of Parliament 1992-1999.

Background: From a Martintar canefarming family, becoming a legal practitioner in Nadi with a degree from university in NZ.

Community: Official of TISI Sangam from 1986, Sangam national president and chairman of Sangam Institute of Technology that founded Sangam School of Nursing; trustee of Nadi Special School and Nacovi Sangam Temple, charter president of Nadi Lions Club.

Supports: Democracy and better governance and to bring about greater understanding amongst ethnic, religious and linguistic sections within the nation.

Concerns: Rule of law,human rights, poverty alleviation, addressing corruption, employment creation, youth and women’s issues for good governance.

Aims: For a more representative parliament, greater freedom of expression and assembly, a better constitution, and resolution of problems through dialogue ,negotiation and consultation.

Leadership: In Parliament to win the confidence of the people through debate, to see issues with clarity, and to convince and influence those on the opposite side about good governance.

Detailed Profile

Dorsami Naidu: You know him as a serving NFP Member of Parliament 1992-1999, when he was motivated to enter politics after the 1987 coup. His main concerns are for the rule of law and democracy and a more representative parliament.Dorsami Naidu, 59, is from a Martintar canefarming family, fifth of nine children, who became a legal practitioner in Nadi.

He went to primary school in Nadi and Lautoka and then to Shri Vivekananda High School before going on to the University of the South Pacific and the University of Canterbury in NZ for a lifetime career in law.He served as an official of the TISI Sangam of Fiji from 1986 onwards, becoming National President of Sangam and Chairman of the Sangam Institute of Technology(SIT) which started the Sangam School of Nursing in Labasa in 2005.

He also served as Trustee for Nadi Special School, Trustee for Nacovi Sangam Temple in Nadi, and was Charter President of the Lions Club of Nadi.Dorsami Naidu’s particular concerns are for the rule of law,human rights, poverty alleviation, addressing corruption, employment creation, youth and women’s issues and support for good governance.He is standing for election to support democracy and better governance and to bring about greater understanding amongst ethnic,religious and linguistic sections within the nation.

He feels NFP is the party with credibility and which had great leaders of the past who showed great leadership skills which we can emulate.

In Parliament he wants to win the confidence of the people through debate, to see issues with clarity, and to convince and influence those on the opposite side about good governance.Dorsami Naidu’s believes his experience, understanding of history and the different cultures and values would make him a good leader in Parliament. He has credibility, support for democracy and the rule of law, and concern for people’s rights. The main thing he seeks in Parliament is a more representative parliament, greater freedom of expression and assembly, a better constitution, and resolution of problems through dialogue ,negotiation and consultation.

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Nabalarua Eci Kikau No: 175
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Dr Eci Kikau Nabalarua has a 34 year academic career in social development, political science and public administration to bring to being part of positive change by using her qualifications and experience for public service. Universities she worked in include USP, University of Waikato (NZ) and currently on leave from the Fiji National University.

Qualifications: Dr Nabalarua of Suva was educated at Levuka Public and Adi Cakobau schools before gaining a BA from the University of the South Pacific, Masters from the University of Reading, and PhD from the Australian National University.

Community Service: Worked with women’s groups including Soqosoqo Vakamarama, femLINKpacific, National Council of Women and Catholic Women’s League, served on the FAB Scholarship Board, Labour Advisory Board, and Methodist Church Committees.

Issues: Taukei issues, quality education, sustainability, safety and security.

Leadership: Collective accountability and wisdom in national leadership for all. She is confident of her ability to follow up and deliver on the NFP Manifesto.

Dr Eci Kikau Nabalarua was born and lives in Suva, and was educated at Levuka Public and Adi Cakobau school before going on to study for a Bachelor of Arts at the University of the South Pacific, doing a Masters degree in Rural and Social Development at  Reading University in the United Kingdom, and a PhD at the Australian National University.

Dr Nabalarua has worked with women’s groups including the Soqosoqo Vakamarama, National Council of Women, Catholic Women’s League, and with youth groups. She has served on the FAB Scholarship Board, Labour Advisory Board, and on various Methodist Church Committees.

She is particularly interested in empowering small groups through training and the issues she is particularly concerned about are Taukei issues, quality education, sustainability, safety and security. She sees NFP as representing stability, consistency, upholding the rule of law, promoting the tenets of democracy and justice, and inclusivity with a respect for Taukei issues.

Leadership for Dr. Nabalarua means collective accountability and wisdom in national leadership for all. She is confident of her ability to follow up and deliver on the NFP Manifesto.

 

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Baravilala Manasa Sumaisuea No: 307
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Manasa Baravilala is known in trade union, tourism and sports circles and has extensive business experience.

Career: From Lakeba, Lau, he lives in Tamavua. He studied at the University of California and worked in the airline, travel and tourism industry for more than 25 years and has been CEO of the Fiji Rugby Union.

He was a trade union vice president while with Air Pacific and has international business experience in Fiji and North America.

Commitment: He is heavily involved in village projects, active in philanthropic work and has a strong spiritual commitment as chairman of Ambassador for Christ International, and has worked in prison and family ministry.

Concerns: He wants to restore our nation with laws that are fair, just, non discriminatory and laws that do not suppress the people, with total removal of coup culture.

Leadership: Baravilala is clear about the role and responsibilities of parliament as an institution and that leadership therefore demands that the executive remain transparent and accountable and their actions unquestionable.

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Manasa Baravilala is known in trade union, tourism and sports circles and has extensive business experience.

He is from Lakeba,Lau and lives in Tamavua. His education took him from Labasa to Levuka Public School and Marist Brothers High School before tertiary studies in Los Angeles and at the University of California. His career has taken him in the airline, travel and tourism industry for more than 25 years. He was a trade union vice president while with Air Pacific and has also been CEO of the Fiji Rugby Union. As a senior business executive he has international experience with entrepreneurship and start-ups, directorships and board memberships in both Fiji and North America. As a leader he is heavily involved in village projects and has been active in philanthropic work. He is chairman of Ambassador for Christ International, has worked in prison and family ministry and has a strong spiritual commitment.

Baravilala wants to serve the needs of others especially the marginalised and the lesser of society and bring about change and transformation that make a real difference in people’s lives.
His late uncle, Capt Atunaisa Maitoga was a former NFP stalwart and Baravilala sees the party as the only one that remained steadfast to its founding values to espouse the restoration of dignity, freedom and equality and improve the livelihood of all; and to believe in peaceful coexistence through dialogue and understanding as well as respect for indigenous culture and all other cultures that make Fiji their home.

His particular concerns that he would work for in Parliament are in aviation, tourism, youth and sports development, technical and vocational education and the revamp the scrapped TPAF model which was rated by the Asian Development Bank in 2010 as the leading trade skills training institution of its kind in the region.

Baravilala is clear about the role and responsibilities of parliament as an institution required by law to operate within a legal framework that exercises leadership and oversight on the executive and over government departments and entities that come under its jurisdiction.

Parliamentary leadership therefore demands that the executive remain transparent and accountable and their actions unquestionable. He wants to see a government that is accountable and will uphold and respect the rule of law and freedom and the value of the people. This means restoring our nation with laws that are fair, just, non discriminatory and laws that do not suppress the people, with total removal of coup culture.

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Raj Bhim No: 326
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Bhim Raj, 60, has a strong record of community service and trust.

Career: From Labasa, been in the civil service as an accountant until retirement, serving in many departments and ministries gaining thoroughgoing knowledge of how the government machinery works.

Community service: Now lives in Nausori, where he served as treasurer for Sanatan Dharma Maha Mandal Nausori High School and Shree Sanatan Dharam Naiyala Ramayan Mandali, currently a member of the mandali and of the sabha.

Concerns: Rising cost of living and the additional burdens on poor people, who also pay their taxes and VAT, of exorbitant and unnecessary services fees such as police clearances and for obtaining various consents.

Leadership: Those in Parliament should have the qualifications and experience to run an organization and to attend to people’s needs.

Aims: To allow freedom of speech, expression and publication and an immediate reduction in the cost of living.

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Bhim Raj has a strong record of community service and trust.

Born in Labasa nearly 60 years ago, he has had a career in the civil service as an accountant until retirement. During that time he served in many departments and ministries and has a thoroughgoing knowledge of how the government machinery works.

He attended Labasa College and rose through the ranks in the civil service. Raj now lives in Nausori, where he served as treasurer for Sanatan Dharma Maha Mandal Nausori High School and as treasurer of the Shree Sanatan Dharam Naiyala Ramayan Mandali for 10 years. He is currently a member of the mandali and of the sabha.

Raj is particularly concerned about the rising cost of living and the additional burdens on poor people, who also pay their taxes and VAT, by charging them exorbitant and unnecessary services fees such as police clearances and for obtaining various consents. He decided to stand for election because of the encouragement he was given to do so and because of the personal pride her feels when he is able to successfully help somebody. He believes people in parliamentary leadership should have the qualifications and experience to run an organization and to attend to people’s needs up to grassroots level.as treasurer of the Shree Sanatan Dharam Naiyala Ramayan Mandali for 10 years. He is currently a member of the mandali and of the sabha.

Raj is particularly concerned about the rising cost of living and the additional burdens on poor people, who also pay their taxes and VAT, by charging them exorbitant and unnecessary services fees such as police clearances and for obtaining various consents. He decided to stand for election because of the encouragement he was given to do so and because of the personal pride her feels when he is able to successfully help somebody. He believes people in parliamentary leadership should have the qualifications and experience to run an organization and to attend to people’s needs up to grassroots levels.

He believes in freedom of speech, expression and publication and the first thing he would do in Parliament is to work for an immediate reduction in the cost of living.

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Prasad Bimal No: 248
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Bimal Prasad received his primary education at Vashist Muni Primary School, Navua, did his secondary education at Vunimono High School, Nausori before working as a law clerk, clerk in the Opposition and then Government Members Office before teaching at DAV College, Nabua from where he resigned in 2006 to contest the Vitilevu- South/ Kadavu Indian Communal Constituency seat that year for the NFP. He is presently a law student. As public figure, he has been involved in community service, cultural and youth organizations and the sport of Football. Bimal was the Manager of the Fiji National Men’s Team that played the 14th Pacific Games in Noumea, New Caledonia in 2011.

 

Bimal joined the NFP as a youth while still at school. In 1994, he was elected the Assistant Secretary of NFP Rewa Branch and Treasurer of NFP Youth Movement. In 1996, he was elected the National Vice President of NFP Youth Movement. After five years of stint with the FLP Navua Branch, he was elected in 2004 as the Secretary of NFP Navua Branch, a position he held until 2008. From 2008 to 2013, he was the Assistant General Secretary of the NFP and a member of the NFP Management Board from 2005 to 2013. He attended the Asian Political Leadership Program in 2012 in Bali and Jakarta, Indonesia and in April, 2013 was one of the five Fijian Delegates to the Pacific Parliamentary and Political Leaders Forum in Wellington, New Zealand.

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Volatabu Fay Evangeline No: 214
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Fay Volatabu, 45, has a strong family background in education and unionism that she carried on through her career and her community commitment She is a community advocate, especially for women, an educator and unionist.

Career: In secondary school teaching until becoming secretary of the National Council of Women Fiji, 2007.

Affiliations: Involved in FTUC Youth wing, AOG Youth, inaugural chairperson of FTA Youth wing and FTA Women’s Wing,on Executive board of the Fijian Teachers Association.

Concerns: Gender issues, quotas for women of merit, women’s participation in leadership. Wants gender audit and finance allocated for women’s access to all ministries.

Leadership: Serving through changes in policies and laws, articulating issues to have them heard at highest levels. Has an understanding of youth needs.

Rights: All citizens of Fiji should have equal rights and be treated with dignity and respect, as should be reflected in all policies.

Fay Evangeline Volatabu Has a strong family background in education and unionism that she carried on through her career and through her community commitment.

Fay Volatabu, 45, was born and lives in Suva although her early school years were spent at Lautoka Special School, which her mother pioneered and taught at. She later went to Adi Cakobau School, then on to the University of the South Pacific and then Adelaide University in Australia for qualifications in literature, politics and education. Her father served as president of the Fijian Teachers Association, Fiji Teachers Congress and Council of Pacific Educators and was a staunch unionist until his passing in 1994. Her mother was a unionist and FTA Credit Union board member, and worked to pioneer special education in Fiji, also heading the NGO for hearing and vision improvement until her retirement last year.

Fay Volatabu’s career was in secondary school teaching until becoming secretary of the National Council of Women Fiji in 2007. She was involved in the FTUC Youth wing before FICTU was formed, involved in the AOG Youth at CCC from 2000, was inaugural chairperson of both the FTA Youth wing and FTA Women’s Wing and a member of the Executive board of the Fijian Teachers Association. She has a serious interest in writing and was editor of a professional magazine for teachers, Qasenivuli, and for a time wrote an opinion column for the Fiji Times 2011-2013 until her articles were considered too critical of government.

She is concerned about gender issues, especially to have women’s issues be taken more seriously and not just as rhetoric and that all positions have a quota for women of merit. One of the reasons she is standing for election is to make sure women’s issues are taken more seriously and to demonstrate that the women’s movement is serious about women’s participation in leadership. She is with NFP because as an historian, she values the party’s history of consistency in their political stance, illustrating strong values, character and integrity. NFP was born of the need for farmers to have a voice, she is standing to take women’s voices and gender issues into Parliament.

Leadership for Fay Volatabu is extending her work on another platform to serve people through changes in policies and laws. She brings to it her experience as a community advocate, an educator, a unionist and women’s advocate. She also understands well the needs of young people. Additionall, she can articulate issues from her knowledge and understanding to make sure they are heard at the highest levels, and something is done. She feels she has clearly proven in the past that whenelected to a position, she will work hard, sometimes at her own cost.

What Fay Volatabu most wants to see in Parliament if elected is a gender audit and to have finance put aside for women’s access in all ministries. She wants positions allocated for and taken up by women and to have all this enacted as policy and followed through by the Ministry of Women.

She feels most strongly about the concerns, rights and treatment of marginal communities and believes all citizens of Fiji should have equal rights and be treated with dignity and respect, as should be reflected in all policies.

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Sami Jagannath No: 333
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Jagannath Sami A prominent personality with a career in the sugar industry, business, public institutions, NGOs, trade union and sports, actively involved in community work and a household name in soccer.

Advocate: Ardent advocate of democracy since 1987, going on a five day hunger strike at the Girmit Centre in support of the release of the NFP-FLP coalition government.

Aims: Create the change needed to establish a transparent and accountable government, put in policies that build on strengths of Fiji’s multiracial society, provide security of tenure and housing for the underprivileged.

Unionism: District Manager for the Sugar Cane Growers Council 1992, General Secretary of the Fiji Cane Growers Association 1994, Chief Executive Officer of the Sugar Cane Growers Council till 2000, consultant on the sugar industry and industrial relations until 2007-2011. Founded Fiji Cane Transport Operators Association, Secretary and National President for the Sugar Milling Staff Officer’s Association, Founding Secretary of Lautoka Fishermen’s Association and South Pacific Distillery Employees Union and founding Secretary and Chairman of Sugar Milling Staff Officers’ Savings Cooperative Society Ltd, the Vice President of the Fiji Trades Union Congress.

Jagnnath Sami: You know him as Jag, 63, a prominent personality who has had a colorful career in business, public institutions, NGOs, trade union and sports and has been actively involved in the community.

Born and educated in Labasa in a family of 18, Jagnnath sold milk and worked in a shop to earn money for school fees and clothing for his primary and secondary education. Throughout his working career Jagnnath learned to succeed despite the hard knocks of life.

As an avid sportsman, Jagnnath became a household name in soccer as one of the famous Sami Brothers when he played for Labasa, Nadogo and Lautoka district soccer teams in the 1970s, rising to represent the national soccer team with his younger brother Anand Sami. Then he took on managerial responsibilities as Manager of Labasa District Soccer Team and then Chairman of Labasa District Association.

He was only 30 when he was elected the youngest President of Labasa Football Association in 1981, a demonstration of his keen desire to assume leadership roles. While still young he was an active member and official of Labasa TIV (Youth) Sangam Sports and Cultural Committee.

Jagnnath is married to Vijaiya Kanta Mani for 38 years and has two wonderful and mature children, Raajan and Radhika. Adding pride to the family is their adoring daughter-in-law, Nandini.

Jagnnath began his working career with Fiji Sugar Corporation Limited in 1972 as a Field Officer, Traffic Officer and Estate Officer till 1992. He then served as District Manager for the Sugar Cane Growers Council, then from 1994 to 2000 was General Secretary of the Fiji Cane Growers Association. He took over as Chief Executive Officer of the Sugar Cane Growers Council till January 2007, when he became self employed as a consultant on the sugar industry and industrial relations until 2011.

During his career he served on many industry related boards and committees locally and internationally and formed a deep connection to the farmers, laborers and people at the grassroots.

His professional memberships include member of the Fiji Institute of Agricultural Science, Australian Society of Sugar Cane Technologists and Australian Institute of Management.

In 2011 Jagnnath became Chief Executive Officer of TISI Sangam Fiji, a socioeconomic, Cultural & Education Organisation and has continued to beextensively involved in voluntary and community work. He is a Life Member of TISI Sangam and a Member of the Fiji Sathya Sai Service Organisation, a non-religious body advocating universal Human Values.

He founded Fiji Cane Transport Operators Association and took on their struggles to successfully negotiate basic amenities for them at the mills. He has been Committee Member, Secretary and National President for the Sugar Milling Staff Officer’s Association, the Founding Secretary of the Lautoka Fishermen’s Association and South Pacific Distillery Employees Union and the founding Secretary and Chairman of Sugar Milling Staff Officers’ Savings Cooperative Society Limited. He has also served as the Vice President of the Fiji Trades Union Congress.

Jagnnath has been an ardent advocate of democracy since 1987, going on a five day hunger strike at the Girmit Centre in support of the release of the NFP-FLP coalition government, and throughout travel bans and removal from the Sugar Cane Growers Council by decree.

These experiences have made him a stronger advocate for democratic rights. This commitment, his work experiences and his passion to serve the community has given him the attributes to serve in Parliament. He is a confident speaker and able to build support from people of all walks of life. He has shown himself to be a hard work and a person who is respected but easily approachable by those seeking his support.

Now he is seeking their support to put into effect the NFP’s key priorities for the country, the foremost being to create the change needed to establish a transparent and accountable government. He feels that Government needs embrace the diverse values of Fiji’s multiracial society and put in policies that build on their strengths.

Jagnnath also stands for responsible fiscal policies and sustainable solutions to provide security of tenure and housing for the underprivileged. He especially wants to support serious efforts to establish sports as an industry and make necessary investments in it for the future of Fiji youth.

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Rae Pramod Kumar No: 186
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Pramod Rae, 62, is an educator and trade unionist, with strong, lifelong affiliation to NFP who has served as NFP youth leader, an NFP Suva City Councillor, assistant general secretary and general secretary of the party. He is from a family of community workers, one of the founder families of the Arya Samaj in Fiji.

Career: With a USP degree was a teacher in Fiji, Australia and New Zealand. As a dedicated trade unionist he became general secretary of the Teachers Union, the National Union of Municipal Workers and Fiji Bank and Finance Sector Employees Union. He has struggled against draconian anti-union decrees and was compelled to relinquish union affiliation in order to continue workers’ struggle in the political arena.

Concerns: Worker and trade union rights, democracy, freedom.

Leadership: He would bring passion to Parliamentary leadership as well as honesty and consistency. He would work to make a difference and deliver on NFP promises.

Pramod Rae has had a career in education and trade unionism, with strong affiliation to NFP.Born in Suva and living in Lami, Rae, 62, is part of the NFP founder family, holding office as NFP youth leader in the 1970s, Suva City Councillor in the 1970s and 1980s, becoming assistant general secretary in the same period and general secretary from 2002 to 2013. He remains a true team player for the party. Rae is from a family of community workers, one of the founder families of the Arya Samaj in Fiji.

With a USP degree he became a secondary and TAFE teacher in Fiji, Australia and New Zealand. As a trade unionist he became general secretary of the Fiji Teachers Union, the National Union of Municipal Workers and Fiji Bank and Finance Sector Employees Union. He has struggled against draconian anti-union decrees and was compelled to relinquish union affiliation in order to continue workers’ struggle in the political arena.

His particular issues of concern are worker and trade union rights, democracy, freedom. Parliamentary leadership would give him an opportunity to make a difference. He would bring passion to the leadership, as well as honesty, consistency and a caring attitude. In Parliament he wants to deliver on NFP’s promises.

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Maopa Eroni No: 353
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Eroni Maopa,48, has an eminent career in law, leadership role in his community and academic achievements inspired by his mother to study hard and go beyond the village. Now ready to take the next step to serve the nation.

Education: Became dux of Bucalelvu Secondary and went on to Marist Brothers High. He was also good at sports and became a Nadi rugby union rep in the 15s and 7s.

Career: 10 years as a police officer, then did a Bachelor of Law degree at the University of the South Pacific and a Diploma in Management and Accounting from Jersey, Britain. Practiced law in the Magistrate’s Court, High Court, Court of Appeal and in the Supreme Court of Fiji during the past 13 years. Presently a barrister and solicitor of the High Court.

Community: Never forgot his roots in Kocoma village, Qamea, helping collect coconuts and sell copra as a schoolboy to buy family necessities. Is nowKocoma Village adviser and adviser to Kocoma Development Committee; chairman of Vuanimaba Youth in Suva; the Mataqali Nasovu Yavusa Vuanisinu Initiative Development Project, Dreketi, Qamea Island; and advisor to Mataqali Lauwaki, Naselai Village, Tailevu.

Eroni Maopa Has an eminent career in law, taken a leadership role in his community on Qamea and achieved an exemplary education inspired by his mother’s aspirations that he should study hard and go beyond the village.

Maopa, 48, spent his childhood in Kocoma, collecting coconuts before school and firewood afterwards, and taking copra to Taveuni by punt with his father on weekends. There was no electricity, so no television and study was done by kerosene light. Maopa became dux of Bucalelvu Secondary and went on to Marist Brothers High. He was also good at sports and became a Nadi rugby union rep in the 15s and 7s.

He began his career as a police officer, but did not forget his mother’s advice to study hard and after 10 years police service he did a Bachelor of Law degree at the University of the South Pacific. He also has a Diploma in Management and Accounting from Jersey, Britain.

Maopa practiced law in the Magistrate’s Court, High Court, Court of Appeal and in the Supreme Court of Fiji during the past 13 years. He is presently a barrister and solicitor of the High Court.

He retained strong traditional ties and is a Kocoma Village adviser and adviser to Kocoma Development Committee; chairman of Vuanimaba Youth in Suva; the Mataqali Nasovu Yavusa Vuanisinu Initiative Development Project, Dreketi, Qamea Island; and advisor to Mataqali Lauwaki, Naselai Village, Tailevu.

Maopa feels his efforts in education, sports, law and community service have made him an inspiration to the youths and people of Qamea. It is now time for him to move a step ahead to serve the nation and the future of Fiji’s next generation.

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Titoko Semi No:249
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Semi Titoko, 41, of Rakiraki has a background in the law and his slogan is ‘Justice not only done, but seen to be done’. He encourages justice through ensuring that the voices of the people are heard, so that the people determine how our nations future.

Career: From a professional family, educated at Queen Victoria School and studied law at the University of the South Pacific; worked as a Court Clerk in Nadi, Lautoka and Suva and as a legal practitioner in Rakiraki.

Concerns: The underprivileged and to see justice for everyone.

Semi Titoko, hails from Rakiraki, and has a background in Law. He wants to ensure the voices of the people are heard in Parliament, especially in Ra.

Titoko, 41, is from a professional family. He was educated at Queen Victoria School and studied law at the University of the South Pacific. He has worked as a Court Clerk in Nadi, Lautoka and Suva and as a legal practitioner in Rakiraki.

He has the determination and will in making sure people from all villages are heard in parliament and issues addressed, which is one reason why he also specifically wants the people of Ra to be heard in Parliament. As requested by the Paramount chiefs of Ra, TuiNalawa, TuiNavitilevu, TaukeiNatauia and Gonesau, he trusts NFP to provide and maintain justice for everyone.

Slogan: Justice not only done, but seen to be done’

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Radogo Tuinadave No: 273
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Tuinadave Radogo: Known as Tui Kabu, 56, from a family with leadership in the SDA church, he has a background that includes medical and information technology, business administration and in tourism. He owns and operates a dive and backpacker resort and is president of the Fiji Independent Travellers and Backpackers Association,.

Qualifications: In medical technology from Simon Fraser and Andres University in North America that took him into a career in Chicago hospitals before returning to Fiji, as well as studying at the University of the South Pacific.

Aims: He wants to build his own business to higher levels each year and help provide a more effective level of service to the tourism industry. In Parliament he sees his responsibility as raising the profile of Fiji regionally and internationally. He is prepared to tackle some pressing issues that have been overlooked and coordinate reforms to raise productivity and strengthen the economy.

Concerns: Government performance in the tourism sector.

Abilities: Good communication and negotiation skills to deal with issues involving people and resources.

Tuinadave Radogo: You know him as Tui Kabu. He has a background in medical technology, information technology, business administration and in tourism.

Born 56 years ago, Tui Kabu lives in Nadi and owns and operates a dive and backpacker resort, while the family operates three cane farms. His father is Pastor Aisake Kabu, who has been president of the SDA Church in Fiji, and in the Region, for more than 10 years and has served as chair of Fiji’s Council of Social Services and Poverty Alleviation Fund. Tui Kabu’s brother Aisake Tiko Kabu is also a pastor and is secretary of the Fiji SDA church.

Tui Kabu was educated in the SDA school system leading to Fulton College until he went to Suva Grammar School and then Longburn College in NZ. He then studied at the University of the South Pacific, at Andrews University in the USA and then Simon Fraser University, gathering qualifications in business administration and medical technology that began a career in Chicago hospitals before he returned to Fiji. Now in the tourism industry, his aim is to build his business to higher levels each year and give back to the community. He is president of the Fiji Independent Travellers and Backpackers Association, and takes an active interest in golfing, fishing and travelling.

Tui Kabu is standing for election because he is concerned about government performance in the tourism sector and wants to help provide a more effective level of service to the country. He chose to stand with NFP IS because he believes it is reasonably multiracially based and has a good support base across the population, throughout communities, from farmers to professionals. If in Parliamentary leadership he sees his responsibility as influencing the future of Fiji and raising its profile in the region and internationally. His particular ability is in being able to communicate well and negotiate situations and issues involving people and resources. Tui Kabu stands on his reputation throughout his work, social involvement and community interaction. He is prepared to tackle some of the pressing issues that have been overlooked by previous governments to coordinate reforms that will raise productivity and strengthen Fiji’s economy, raising standards of living at all levels.

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Naidu Latchmaiya No: 192
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Latchmaiya Naidu is a man of the Labasa community dedicated to the service of the people. He wants to work for everyone to have a standard of living so they can enjoy life in Fiji.

Career: Naidu, 45, of Wailevu was educated in Labasa and subsequently studied in Fiji, India and Australia. He worked in Labasa and Suva in printing, publishing and stationary, establishing his own business in 1987.

Service: Includes membership and chairmanship of the Board of Visitors for the Labasa Old People’s Home, secretary of a zone Crime Stoppers, and on the Northern Scouts Council. Takes an active part in cultural and religious affairs, as vice president of the TISI, in the Qelewaqa and Nasiri Ramayan Mandalis, as chairman of Labasa Sangam Investments and 2013-14 chairman of Labasa Sangam Temple.

Concerns: Believes NFP works on genuine policies to improve life for the people of Fiji that fit with his aims to assist people out of poverty and improve health services as primary concerns.

Latchmaiya Naidu is a man of the Labasa community dedicated to the service of the people. He wants to work for everyone to have a standard of living so they can enjoy life in Fiji.

Naidu, 45, of Wailevu was educated in Labasa to University entrance level. He subsequently studied in Fiji and also took programmes in India and Australia.

He began his career in Labasa and later in Suva, working in printing, publishing and stationary. Naidu established his own business in 1987.

His community service includes membership and chairman on the Board of Visitors for the Labasa Old People’s Home, secretary of a zone Crime Stoppers, and on the Northern Scouts Council.

Naidu takes an active part in cultural and religious affairs, as vice president of the TISI, in the Qelewaqa and Nasiri Ramayan Mandalis, as chairman of Labasa Sangam Investments and 2013-14 chairman of Labasa Sangam Temple.

He believes NFP works on genuine policies to improve life for the people of Fiji that fit with his aim to improve the lives of those in poverty and who live in remote areas. Assisting people out of poverty and improving health services are is primary concerns.

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Nand Ragho No: 256
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Ragho Nand is veteran social worker and a former Member of Parliament. Originally from Labasa he has been a resident of Nausori for several years. He was a school teacher for 34 years.

In 1999, he quit his teaching career to contest the elections as a Fiji Labour Party candidate. He served as a Labour Party MP for seven years from 1999 to 2006. During this time he served as a Member of the parliamentary social services and public accounts committees.

Following the 2006 general elections, he was one of nine FLP Ministers in the SDL-FLP Multi-Party Cabinet that was deposed in a military coup on 5th December 2006. Mr Nand was the Employment Opportunities and Productivity Minister in the Multi-Party Cabinet.

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Kumar Sunil No: 206
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Dr Sunil Kumar is a highly qualified economist who brings strong analytical ability to the NFP.

Qualifications: He has four degrees, in Physics and Mathematics as well as a BA, MA and PhD in Economics. He has been an academic at USP since 1997 and his areas of expertise are in poverty analysis and national accounting. He also runs two businesses.

Activism: Throughout his career Dr Kumar has been a unionist and a political activist. He was a member of the Fiji Teachers Union and longserving committee member and 2008 President of the USP Staff Association; president of the Fiji Youth and Students League late 1980s and early 1990s agitating against anti-democratic forces after the 1987 coups.   Fundraised for the League to educate poor students who were denied scholarships. As a student he was an active member of the USP Students Union.

Affiliation: Active in the NFP since late 1990s, serving as a member and secretary of the Selection Committee in 2001, as a member of the Party Working Committee and involved in the review of the NFP Constitution after the 1999 elections.

Dr Sunil Kumar is an economist by profession. He has four degrees: a BSc Physics and Mathematics and BA and MA Economics from the University of the South Pacific, and a PhD in economics from the University of Queensland. His work is published in journals, as chapters in books, and as working and conference papers. His particular areas of expertise are in poverty analysis and national accounting. He brings this strong analytical ability to NFP.

Dr Kumar has taught at high school and been a USP academic since 1997 lecturing in Microeconomic, Macroeconomic and Development economics for graduate and postgraduate students; MBA courses in economics, statistics and business environment

All his working life Dr Kumar has been a unionist and a political activist. He was a member of the Fiji Teachers Union and in 2008 was president of the Association of the University of the South Pacific Staff, and has been long serving committee member. He was the president of the Fiji Youth and Students League during the late 1980s and early 1990s agitating against anti-democratic forces in Fiji after the 1987 coups and actively involved in raising funds for the Education Committee of the Fiji Youth and Students League to educate poor students who were denied scholarships by the government at the time. As a student in the mid-1980s he was an active member of the USP Students Union. Dr Kumar is and ardent freedom fighter.

He has been an active member of the NFP since late 1990s and has served as a member and secretary of the Selection Committee in 2001. He has been a member of the Working Committee of the Party and was also involved in the review of the NFP Constitution after the 1999 elections.
Dr. Kumar is also a successful businessman. He has worked hard juggling his full-time job at USP as an academic and his two businesses in Suva and Nadi, and also his contribution to social and political work.

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Rafiq Mohammed No: 311
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Mohammed Rafiq is from Vanua Levu and is active in the sugar industry, is a former teacher who is a strong supporter of education development, and a community service worker

Concerns: to improve conditions for those in the sugar industry, and to ensure their children receive quality education.

Service: executive officer of the Fiji Cane Growers Association and as manager and auditor of various projects and gangs; as the cane growers representative for the Northern District and committee member for Labasa FSC Mill area. He is trustee for Naleba College and Naleba Primary School. He was committee member on the Vanua Levu District Development Committee, a board member of Dialogue Fiji and of the Alternative Livelihood Project, and was an Advisory Councillor.

Slogan:  Improve living standards for all Fijians

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Singh Prem No: 324
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Prem Singh of Nadi is a respected businessman, company director, consultant and farmer, and an experienced politician and leader in local government with a history of community work with youth, sports, sugar industry and business.

Political involvement: Singh was educated in Fiji and New Zealand at Wellington Polytechnic. He was elected to Parliament in 2001 and as lone NFP member was Leader of the Opposition. He was elected to Nadi Town Council three times and became Deputy Mayor, 1999-2001.

Community service: On Nadi Chamber of Commerce directors’ board since 2007, appointed to Multi-Ethnic Cultural Centre, Chair of Nadi District Advisory Council 2003-2012, member of Nadi Rural Local Authority, on technical committee for Nadi Basin Catchment and was chairperson of National Reconciliation Committee 2004.

Founding member of the Fiji Cane Growers Association; Sanatan Dharam Prathinidhi Sabha (SDPS) of Fiji National Vice President 2002-2009, President Nadi and has led sports and youth committees.

Concerns: Rise in cost of living, poverty and unfair distribution of wealth, return to full democracy, with rule of law, decent wages for decent jobs and leaders accountable to the people.

 

Slogan: For Transparent and Accountable Government

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Rabukagaga Kavai Vunidogo No: 193
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Kavai Vunidogo Rabukagaga, 40, of Wainunu, Bua has a long record of upholding law and order in his Police Force career and of community service.

Career: Rabukagaga, 40, was educated in Suva schools, going on to the University of the South Pacific and further training in the Fiji Police Academy.   Served at police stations in both Viti Levu and Vanua Levu, including Central, Nabauwalu, Wainikoro and Delailabasa, reaching the rank of sergeant before leaving the force in 2011 to farm.

Service: included forming two Crime Prevention Committees that still operate, the Nadogo Tikina Development Council, helped spearhead community talks on issues affecting both public and private sectors and was actively involved with youth in the Centre Point Polynesian Dance Group and Youth Reconciliation Band.

Concerns: depopulation and for tolerance at all levels to promote the vision of one nation for all people united in the aims of a peaceful and prosperous Fiji. He believes it is time to remind people that change is due and that differences should not dictate to our sense of security and patriotism.

Slogan: Community, Humility, Righteousness and Faith

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Koya Siddiq Faizal No: 157
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Siddiq Faizal Koya of Nadi comes to these elections with clean hands, transparency and a belief in democracy, not hypocrisy.

Qualifications: Educated at The Kings School, Sydney and gained an Honours Law degree from the University of Wolverhampton, UK. Served as a magistrate and is now a barrister and solicitor with SiddiqKoya Lawyers.

Service: W ith Rotary Club of Nadi, Fiji Muslim League and MA’natul Islam Association, actively interested in sports and youth development, and is a strong advocate of laws against animal cruelty.

Concerns: to achieve good governance with a proper people’s constitution, with real transparency; and to have immediate debate in parliament on the laws put in place without proper consultation and legislative processes in the past seven years without democracy.

Siddiq Faizal Koya comes to these elections with clean hands, transparency and a belief in democracy, not hypocrisy.

Koya is originally from Lautoka and now lives in Nadi. He went to school at Drasa Avenue primary and later The Kings School in Sydney before studying at the University of Wolverhampton, UK, where he gained an Honours Law degree. He has served as a magistrate and is currently a barrister and solicitor with SiddiqKoya Lawyers.

He has served the community on the Rotary Club of Nadi, as legal advisor and speaker of the Fiji Muslim League and a speaker of MA’natul Islam Association. He is also actively interested in sports and youth development, with a special concern for animals and is a strong advocate for implementation of laws against animal cruelty.

In seven years without democracy he has seen several laws put in place without proper consultation and legislative processes that need immediate debate in parliament. Since childhood he has been observing the role of NFP and believes it has always been a constructive party for the nation. It is now the turn of educated young people to take the nation forward in a positive direction, in contrast to other leaders who have polarised Fiji on various issues.

Koya wants to work first to achieve good governance with a proper people’s constitution, with real transparency.He believes that authoritarian government anywhere in the world is not good governance and educated young people need to take the nation forward in contrast to those leaders who polarized the nation on various issues.

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Naicker Sadasivan No: 221
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Sadasivan Naicker: Age of 61, of Nasinu is TISI Sangam Fiji President, and has 35 years of community service behind him as a office bearer, for the different organizations he has been involved with. He wants to continue this service at the highest level and to the best of his abilities, to see poverty and the need for squatter settlements eradicated.

Career: 39 years in Customs, rising to senior management posts.

Community Service: consistently served the community as member and office bearer of many community, education and sports organizations, receiving awards and life membership, including Lautoka, Nasinu and Fiji Football Associations; TISI Sangam Nasinu and Fiji, Sangam Sports Council, TIV Sangam, TISI Sangam Nasinu School, Sangam Education Board and Sangam Institute of Technology and Sangam College of Nursing and Nasinu Satellite Carnival. He is on the Executive Board of the Fiji Council of Social Services, been a Nasinu District Advisory Councilor, chair of Valelelvu Health Centre Board of Visitors, and Nasinu Land Purchase Cooperative Ltd. patron of Nasinu Referees Association, Nasinu Football Association and ACATA Trust of Fiji.

Naicker, 61, from Ba and now living in Nasinu, was educated at DAV and Khalsa College; had qualifications and a 39 year career in Customs, rising to senior management posts.

He consistently served the community as member and office bearer of Lautoka, Nasinu and Fiji Football Associations receiving a Best Administrator award; TISI Sangam Nasinu, becoming president TISI Sangam Fiji, chairman of Sangam Sports Council, national president TIV Sangam and Life Member, founding president and manager of TISI Sangam Nasini School, chaired the Sangam Education Board and chairs the Sangam Insitute of Technology and Sangam College of Nursing; chaired the Nasinu Satellite Carnival and is on the Executive Board of the Fiji Council of Social Services. He has been a Nasinu District Advisory Councilor, and appointed patron of Nasinu Referees Association, Nasinu Football Association and ACATA Trust of Fiji. Naicker is also chairman of Valelelvu Health Centre Board of Visitors, and director then chairman of Nasinu Land Purchase Cooperative Ltd.

Naicker believes his record shows his ability as a national leader.

Concerns: His general concern is to eradicate poverty, and to have a sporting complex for people of Nasinu, who are currently deprived of any such facilities for a population of more than 100,000.

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Lata Ansu Vikashni No: 154
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Ansu Vikashni Lata, originally, from Labasa, is a Consultant and Market Researcher organising events focusing on talent development, environment and women. She has a record of service in health and community work.

Career: Ansu Lata has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology and Chemistry from the University of the South Pacific. She is currently pursuing her Bachelor of Law Degree and Masters in Business Administration. 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 pageants, both as a consultant and as a judge. She is a qualified trainer in Rural Women Development.

Concerns: As a market researcher on Climate Change/Environment, Ansu is deeply concerned about the degradation of the environment and the depletion of the natural resources. Her consultancy and research has made her an advocate for the empowerment of women, promoting childcare and protection, fair and decent employment for the youth and capacity building amongst youth and women. Ansu wants the development and promotion of local talents in the tourism and entertainment industries, and for such talents to be treated with dignity and respect in terms of employment conditions. Ansu Lata genuinely believes that restoration of democracy and a government which prioritises national interest will secure a peaceful, stable and prosperous future for all our people.

 Slogan:Well Being And Welfare For All Without Discrimination

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Savea Pino Venasio No: 290
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Pino Venasio: Age of 37, is a trusted leader of Rotuma, transport owner and teacher who wants to decrease VAT and provide development assistance to remote islands.

Career: studied at the University of the South Pacific; director for Farmers-Rotuma Export and Marketing Co Ltd and a REMCOL Trustee; representative of Rotuma Farmers Association and Development Committee member; Headman of Juju, Rotuma, and people’s representative on the Rotuma Council of Chiefs. He and his brother run a bus company on Rotuma.

Commitment: stand for election as a representative of farmers to end dictatorship and support good governance; with NFP because it is a multicultural party and because Fiji needs faithful, trustworthy and educated people to lead. He already has the trust of people through the positions he holds and the voluntary work he does and wants to decrease VAT, reduce the price of consumer goods and assist the development of remote islands, particularly for farmers.

Concerns: is to decrease VAT, reduce the price of consumer goods and assist the development of remote islands, particularly for farmers

Venasio resides in Nailuva and studied at the University of the South Pacific. He is director for Farmers-Rotuma Export and Marketing Co Ltd and a REMCOL Trustee. He is a representative of Rotuma Farmers Association and Development Committee member. Venasio is Headman of Juju, Rotuma, and people’s representative on the Rotuma Council of Chiefs. He and his brother run a bus company on Rotuma.

Venasio wants to stand for election as a representative of farmers to end dictatorship and support good governance. He chose NFP because it is a multicultural party and because Fiji needs faithful, trustworthy and educated people to lead government. He already has the trust of people through the positions he holds and the voluntary work he does.

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Ratuwara Kalisi Makaba  No:364
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Kalisi Rarawa Makaba Ratuwara, 42, is a qualified businesswoman with civil service administration, accounting and audit qualifications and experience and is currently studying for a Law degree.  As a farmer warranted officer for Immigration NZ, knowledge and experience on immigration policies, she provides professional advice on migration needs. She is concerned about the restoration of the rule of law and a genuine parliamentary democracy.

 

Career:  Ratuwara, 42, originally from a family of farmers in Savusavu and now living in Makoi, Suva has Diploma in Business Studies and Certificate in Business Leadership and Entrepreneurship and is currently doing Law at UniFiji.  She has extensive experience in administration, finance and auditing in government, including the Ministry of Finance’s audit division, and now runs her own small business in migration, NZ study recruitment and small tour operations.  She serves as Secretary of Suva Cruise Ship Small Tour Operators.

Qualities:  strong ethics of honesty and a high degree of integrity that she takes into her political career. She represents women who are hardworking, honest and passionate about what democratic rule stands for. The most immediately important task will be to repair the country’s economy because it affects the daily lives of people.

Slogan: Small Business, overseas opportunities

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Leawere Senikavika Kelemete No: 316
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Kele Leawere of Nadroga is a major international rugby star who has put his formidable reputation behind NFP.

Career: Leawere, 40, was born in Levuka and is a lock forward who played in 26 test matches and 39 representative games for Fiji between 2002 and 2008. In New Zealand he made a name for himself with East Coast, making 56 appearances and playing for the NZ Divisional XV against Italy and Ireland; he played for Fiji Warriors against CT Brumbies 1997. In 2002 made his Test debut in a memorable game against Scotland; scored his first test try in June 2004 when he twisted and turned his way through the Samoan defense in Suva; member of the Fiji team at the 2003 Rugby World Cup and was vice captain for the 2007 world cup.

Concern:  Sports development and establishment of and youth, and putting the NFP Manifesto pledges into action, particularly the policies on sports, including development of athletics facilities in Western and Northern divisions and  review of a national sports policy.

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Naidu Davendra No: 177
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Davendra Naidu: Is a successful businessman of Ba with a history of commitment to the community and the NFP, contesting the Magodro Open Constituency in the 2006 general election.

Career: Attended Lovu Sangam and Vishnu Deo Memorial schools and has a Diploma in Business Management. He began his career as manager in Woolworths New Zealand and is now a successful poultry farmer.

Commitment: Chairman of Ba District Advisory Council for 10 years to 2012, chairman of the Local Authority, president of Ba Senior Centre, board member of Rarawai Penang Cane Producers Association, treasurer of BA TISI Sangam and president of JiyaSiya Ram.

NFP service: President of the NFP Ba branch since 2006, treasurer of the NFP Youth Movement 1994 – 2002, 2006 election candidate.

Davendra Naidu is a successful businessman of Ba with a history of commitment to the community and the NFP, contesting the Magodro Open Constituency in the 2006 general election.

Naidu went to Lovu Sangam and Vishnu Deo Memorial schools and has a Diploma in Business Management. He began his career as manager in Woolworths NZ and is now a successful poultry farmer.

His commitment to the community includes serving as chairman of Ba District Advisory Council for 10 years to 2012. He is chairman of the Local Authority, president of Ba Senior Centre, and a board member of Rarawai Penang Cane Producers Associaiton. He is also treasurer of BA TISI Sangam and president of JiyaSiya Ram.

Naidu has been president of the NFP Ba branch since 2006 and was treasurer of the NFP Youth Movement 1994 – 2002.

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Ram Rishi No:349
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Rishi Ram, 53, is a businessman who owns a taxi company and is a company director, a Commissioner for Oaths and Justice of the Peace, and is concerned to improve conditions for land transport operators.

Service: General secretary of the Fiji Taxi Association for the past 16 years; Board Member of the Fiji Wages Council, President Koroqaqa Vishnu Mandir, Vice President Koroqaqa Primary and Baulevu High School. He is also a member of the Institute of Logistic Transport of New Zealand

Concerns: To improve the land transport industry, to review LTA regulations and particularly the fines to reduce unreasonably high fine levels.

Rishi Ram, 53, is a businessman who owns a taxi company and is a company director, long-serving Secretary of the Fiji Taxi Association, a Commissioner for Oaths and Justice of the Peace, and is concerned to improve conditions for land transport operators.

From Koroqaqa, Nausori, he was educated to University Entrance level and has had a career in land transport operation and as director of a service station. He is a member of the Institute of Logistic Transport of New Zealand.

Ram has served as General Secretary of Fiji Taxi Association for the last 16 years; and as a Board Member Fiji Wages Council, President Koroqaqa Vishnu Mandir, Vice President Koroqaqa Primary and Baulevu High School.

He believes his record as Fiji Taxi Association General Secretary gives him the qualities and qualifications needed for national leadership. He intends to review land transport regulations, particularly to reduce unreasonably high fines.

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Prasad Amrit No. 285
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Amrit Nath: Age of 60, is a highly qualified, senior agricultural economist with 32 years experience and a good understanding of the national economy whose concern is to boost agricultural output to aid efforts at economic recovery.

Qualifications: From a rice farming family in Dreketi now living in Nasinu; studied tropical agriculture at University of the South Pacific; the data processing at Fiji National University; mathematics and computing at University of Southern Queensland; and USP in computing, project planning, administration, economics, sociology and sciences.

Career: Agricultural economist involved planning and policy making on agricultural development, including budgeting, evaluation and reviews; interested in agricultural consultancy and farm business development services Export Promotion and Import Substitution; and on organic agricultural farming; studies on the impact of various agricultural development project and programs to meet the Millennium Development Goals.

Concerns: To boost output to aid effort towards economic recovery by increasing food security, self-reliance in food production, exports and enhancing import substitution opportunities, value adding and processing with policy measures consistent with the Millennium Development Goals to alleviate poverty.

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Naituku Simione Vuasevuraki No:166
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Simione Naituku: Age 58 years, of Namono Village in Nausori, has a strong background as a social researcher on unemployment and poverty and is entering politics for the first time to guide the eradication of poverty and unemployment by 2040 under an egalitarian formula of governance.

Qualifications: studied law, investigation and prosecution, youth worker under the IHRDP programme, translator and interpreter, 20 years of social research on unemployment and poverty,.

Service: Turaga ni Koro, chairman of Namono Village Forum, advisor to the community, a philanthropist and egalitarian.

Concerns: negligence, injustice and crime against the poor and unemployed people of Fiji; to eradicate unemployment and poverty and uplift the people of Fiji to the point where it is no longer perceived as a Third World country. He does not deviate from his convictions and stands up for all sectors of society.

Simione Naituku was born and educated in Nausori at Saraswati College and is nephew of a former NFP candidate, Taniela Vuniwai, who stood against Ratu Sir Kamisese Mara.

He has studied law, investigation and prosecution, been a youth worker under the IHRDP programme and is a translator and interpreter. He is a philanthropist and describes himself as a Fijian egalitarian and High Priest.

His community service includes being Turaga ni Koro, chairman of the Namono Village Forum and an advisor to the community. He is entering the political arena for the first time because of his concerns about the negligence, injustice and crime against the poor and unemployed people of Fiji.

Naituku sees good parliamentary leadership as resulting in progress, peace and uplifting people to the point where Fiji is no longer a Third World country.

His main concern is the eradication of unemployment and to secure people’s future. His 20 years of research on unemployment and poverty, philanthropic work and egalitarian beliefs will ‘do the talking’ for him in Parliament or outside. He is described as honest, hardworking, concerned with unity, speaking with conviction, always helping the community, especially the poor and unemployed.

Naituku does not deviate from his convictions and stands up for all sectors of society. He believes that if Fiji follows the egalitarian formula of governance there will be no more unemployment and poverty, the economy will flourish and the government and country will be blessed.

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Subramani Bal No. 137
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Bal Subramani, known as Bala Dass, contested the 2001 and 2006 general elections under the NFP banner.

Leases: He has established sound and harmonious relations with landowners and landowning units and has managed to successfully negotiate the renewal of cane leases throughout the Western Division.

Service: He is a well-known resident of Nadi through his social and community work, notably through the Then India Sanmarga Ikya (TISI) Sangam of Fiji.

Slogan: Your voice on the sugar industry and land.

Involvement: Bala Dass is a prominent canegrowers’ leader and has been general secretary of the Fiji Cane Growers Association since October 2000. During Mr Dass’s term as FCGA general secretary, the FCGA controlled the administration and operations of the Sugar Cane Growers Council for six years, until the Council was usurped by the military in January 2007. Since then the sugar industry has shrunk to less than half of what it was previously.

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Bala Dass is a prominent leader of cane growers and is the general secretary of Fiji Cane Growers Association. He has been FCGA’s general secretary since October 2000.

He contested the 2001 and 2006 general elections under the NFP banner. Mr Dass has established sound and harmonious relations with landowners and landowning units and has managed to successfully negotiate the renewal of cane leases throughout the Western Division.

He is a well known resident of Nadi through his social and community work, notably through the Then India Sanmarga Ikya (TISI) Sangam of Fiji.

During Mr Dass’s term as FCGA general secretary, the FCGA controlled the administration and operations of the Sugar Cane Growers Council for six years, u til the Council was usurped by the military regime through the former Finance and Sugar Minister in January 2007 – a month after the military coup.

Since the usurpation of the FCGA Council, the sugar industry has plummeted to less than half of what it used to be before the coup.

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Magan Deven No: 204
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Deven Magan: Age of 58, of Toorak, Suva is a Justice of the Peace and an accredited licensed investment advisor with a 40 year career in banking and investment; whose commitment is to help move the country forward to achieve results by stepping up and forming a harmonious Fiji.

Career: Attended Marist Brothers and Mahatma Gandhi Memorial High School before the University of the South Pacific, leading to his investment advising career.

Community Service: Re-elected to Suva City Council three times from 1999 to 2009 representing Suva Central Ward; Justice of Peace, Fiji since 2003. Standing for national elections to give service to the country and with the support of people in Suva can bring their voice to Parliament.

Concerns: To return Fiji to a democratically elected government and build good relationships with other countries, moving forward with honest and capable leaders. The first thing will be to follow the National Federation Party manifesto and reduce VAT as promised.

Deven Magan of toorak, Suva;  is a Justice of the Peace and an accredited licensed investment advisor with a 40 year career in banking and investment; whose commitment is to help move the country forward to achieve results by stepping up and forming a harmonious Fiji.

Magan, 58, attended Marist Brothers and Mahatma Gandhi Memorial High School before going on to the University of the South Pacific, leading to his investment advising career.

He served with the Suva City Council from 1999 to 2009, winning council elections to represent Suva Central Ward three times in a row, and has been a Justice of Peace since 2003. He is standing for election to give service to his country before a peaceful retirement with his family. He feels he has the support of people in Suva and can bring their voice to Parliament.

Magan is deeply concerned that Fiji return to a democratically elected government and build good relationships with other countries. He wants to see it move forward led by capable and honest leaders. The first thing will be to follow the NFP manifesto and reduce VAT as promised.

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Chand Anishni No. 343
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Anishni Chand is from a humble background in Lautoka and is now a high qualified graduate with a career in Law who is concerned to bring about the separation of powers, rule of law and an independent media.

Career: Chand, 23, lives in Nausori and attended Lautoka Central College before going to USP to do Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws degrees. She has a career in civil litigation and criminal defence.

Concerns: standing for election because she wants to see parliamentary democracy restored to ensure that decisions of national significance are properly debated. She advocates for separation of powers into legislative, executive and judiciary, upholding the rule of law and granting justice to every citizen, and an independent media. She wants citizens to have a right to protest/ strike on issues on which they hold differing views. Public service appointments to be based on merit and while tackling unemployment issues, to ensure that job selection is open and merit based. With economic development there should be a decent quality of life for every citizen.

Slogan: Justice, Transparency, Objective Media and Equal Opportunities for All

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Lote Etonia No: 305
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Etonia Lote, 58, is a distinguished musician and educationist who is concerned about opportunities and employment for youth, improved education system and promotion of arts and culture.

Qualifications: from Koro, Lomaiviti living in Qauia, Lami;  attended Queen Victorial School  then USP for Bachelor of Education. Has 24 years experience as a teacher and active interest in Fijian culture, arts, music and tradition.

Career: a noted musician, composer and author who has won many awards including Best Lifetime Compose and Most Outstanding Song 2014 with Au Biuti Viti.  He has been a founder and member of notable Fijian music groups and is the author of a series of Fijian language textbooks for classes from primary school to Year 13.

Community service: includes as office bearer and MC for the Lomaiviti Festival and a leading role in the Lami Methodist Church.  He is Manager of Qauia Community Kindergarten and was campaign manager for the winning Lomaiviti Independent Candidate Simione Kaitani in the last general election.

Concerns: unemployment, crime rate, scholarships for needy students and a review of the examination and assessment policies

Slogan: Performers Right, Indigenous Right, Copy Right

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Tamani Inia Tubukoso No: 374
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Inia Tamani: Age of 67, has served Fiji for 39 years and now wants to take his work to another level to see poor, handicapped and marginalized communities’ live better lives, fair treatment for farmers with expired leases and to make water a public good. He has a strong commitment to multiculturalism and the longstanding NFP policies of unity.

Career: From Moce, Lau, living in Nepani. Attended Ratu Kadavulevu School; Bachelor of Bus. Transport (Eco) from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Australia; and postgraduate certificates and diplomas in transport management and administration from Australia, India and Israel. He served in government 1968-2007 rising from the lowest post to Controller of Road Transport and then Director of Land Transport, receiving the 25th Anniversary and Public Service medals.

Service: Committed Christian and lay preacher, chaired RKS Chapel Committee, RKS Old Scholars Committee to organize marshalling the annual Methodist Choir competition and is an elder and adviser to the Moce Tikina Council in Suva. A member of the Fiji IX to tour New Zealand 1977-78 and player, founder and captain of Lau and Moce cricket clubs, and teams in Labasa, Savusavu and Taveuni

Concerns: To see poor, handicapped and marginalized communities live better lives, fair treatment for farmers on lease land and to make water a public good. He has a strong commitment to multiculturalism and a Fiji for all

Tamani currently resides in Nepani, and is originally from Moce, Lau. He attended Ratu Kadavulevu School and later gained a Bachelor of Bus. Transport (Eco) from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Australia, Post Graduate Certificate in Transport Planning from the NSW University, Certificate from the International Course on Prevention and Control of Traffic Accidents and Injury, University of New Delhi in India, Post Graduate Diploma in Public Transport Management and in Public Administration and Civil Service Management from Galilee College, Tivon, Israel. He was elected Member and made a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Transport.

Tamani served in Government from 1968 to 2007, rising from the lowest post level to Controller of Road Transport 1995-2002. He was appointed Director of Land Transport in the Ministry of Transport and Civil Aviation 2002 – 2007 and at times acted as Permanent Secretary.He received both the 25 Anniversary Medal and the Public Service Medal.

As a committed Christian and lay preacher, Tamani served as chairman of the RKS Chapel Committee that built a magnificent chapel, chaired the RKS Old Scholars to organize marshalling the annual Methodist Choir Competition, and is an elder and adviser to the Moce Tikina Council in Suva. Also a keen cricketer, he was a member of the Fiji IX to tour New Zealand 1977-78, played for the Lau Cricket Club ion Suva and formed and captained the Moce Cricket Club. He established cricket in Labasa, Savusavu, Taveuni and captained the Northern Cricket team that toured Suva and Lautoka.
Tamani has a strong commitment to NFP because of its unifying principles, 50 years experience, selfless leadership and opposition to coups, and has put his trust in the new NFP team.His own commitment is to farmers with expired leases who were treated unfairly to be compensated; the poor, handicapped and marginalized communities given more support to live better lives, and for the Water Authority of Fiji to be disbanded and water made a public good.

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Nabou Seni Leba Lutu No: 341
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Seni Nabou feels a strong obligation to liberate people from the shackles of a coup-infested legacy, restore confidence in the country and support development that accords with strengthened ecological protection policies.

Qualifications: Nabou, 42, of Suva has a post graduate qualification from the University of Southern Queensland and is currently a postgraduate student in international relations and diplomacy at USP. She has worked at USP, as training manager for the Fiji Human Rights Commission and Change Factory Fiji Ltd, and political advisor for the Pacific for the environmental organisation, Greenpeace.

Concerns: environmental and social justice issues. She will work to see our economy grow, but also ensure that environmental regulations are strengthened and that public oversight processes on environmental oversight in Fiji are transparent and credible; and that landowners will be guided by “free, prior and informed consent” in any development project.

Leadership: means remaining true to the voters and remaining accountable, inclusive and transparent to those who pay for the running of the country. The first thing she will see done is to immediately reduce VAT.

Seni Nabou is from a professional background and feels a strong obligation to liberate people from the shackles of a coup-infested legacy, restore confidence in the country and support development that accords with strengthened ecological protection policies.

Nabou, 42, is from Suva and schooled at Jai Naryan (Indian) College and Adi Cakobau School before going to university. She has a post graduate qualification from the University of Southern Queensland and is currently a postgraduate student in international relations and diplomacy at USP. She has worked at USP, as training manager for the Fiji Human Rights Commission and Change Factory Fiji Ltd, and political advisor for the Pacific for the environmental organisation, Greenpeace.

Her passion is environmental and social justice issues. In Parliament she will work to see our economy grow, but also ensure that environmental regulations are strengthened and that public oversight processes on environmental oversight in Fiji are transparent and credible, especially for taxpayers who paid for roads and infrastructure that companies enjoy; and that landowners will be guided by “free, prior and informed consent” in any development project.

Nabou is part of Team NFP because the party has consistently opposed all coups and, importantly, never sided with coup supporters. She is impressed with the party track record and selfless sacrifice in the gift of the 1997 Constitution to the nation. She believes in the NFP long term visionary view of unity evident from its inception before independence and that what the Manifesto guarantees to do, will happen.

Leadership for Nabou means remaining true to the voters and remaining accountable, inclusive and transparent to those who pay for the running of the country. The first thing she will see done is to immediately reduce VAT.

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Khalid-Ali

Ali Khalid Ahmed No: 201
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Khalid Ali: of Ba is a cane farmer, a former Deputy Mayor and well known social worker in the district.

Commitment: Served as Deputy Mayor of Ba Town Council and as Deputy Chairman of the Ba District Advisory Council. He is also a member of the Rarawai/Penang Mills Cane Producers Association. He was former FML Ba farms manager and president of Vutuni L/T Gang, Ba.

Community service: Has served as an assistant secretary of the Fiji Muslim League and was also the League’s Ba Branch Secretary.

Connection: His father, the late Ahmed Ali, was general secretary of the National Federation Party in the early 1990’s.

Mr Ali’s has shown his commitment to the community, through his service as Deputy Mayor of Ba Town Council and as Deputy Chairman of the Ba District Advisory Council.

He is also a member of the Rarawai/Penang Mills Cane Producers Association. He was former FML Ba farms manager and president of Vutuni L/T Gang, Ba.

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Ravulo Emasi Sorokiloa No: 151
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Emasi Ravulo of Delaivunilagi, Savusavu  has a strong background in education and is concerned about the future of Fiji’s youth.

Career: educated in Savusavu and at Ratu Kadavulevu School and Ratu Sukuna Memorial School, gaining teaching qualifications at Nasinu Teachers College.   His 28 year career as primary school teacher and head teacher took him to schools in Macuata, Cakaudrove, Buca Bay and Taveuni where he also served as an Education Officer for five years.

Community Service:  worked to serve the community of Cakaudrove, particularly the youth; active member of the Fijian Teachers Association in the areas in which he worked, representing the organization at international conferences; School Manager, Savusavu Secondary School.  Active in sports, from the Under 19 school rugby team and NTC team, Northern Unions, and office bearer of Cakaudrove rugby unions.

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Singh Raman Pratap No: 199
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Raman Pratap Singh: Is the son of a former NFP Member of Parliament, Bua farmer Ram Jati Singh, his niece is a Senator in the Australian Federal Government, and he was an NFP Senator 2001-2002, NFP Member of Parliament for Bua 1992-1999 and NFP Councillor on Labasa Town Council 1982-1985. In 1985 -1991 Director of SCGC Labasa District.

Qualifications: Raman Pratap, NFP stalwart, is a lawyer from Luvuluvu, Bua, now living in Samabula. He was educated at Bua Primary School, Dilkusha and Lelean Memorial High School before doing a law degree at Auckland University. He has an interest in the judiciary and the courts.

Concerns: Poverty, unemployment and decreasing rice and sugar cane production. He wants to bring legality to squatters’ landholdings to protect their interests in the property and to be of particular service to farmers, workers and business people, raising their concerns and improving their lives through good policy decisions and sound legislation.

Candidate: He believes NFP principles are the best for a multicultural Fiji and people can rely on his legal and political experience.

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