Politics

SODELPA saga – Lynda’s attack labelled as a direct attack on democracy

THE continued attacks from SODELPA MP Lynda Tabuya calling on both the party leader and the president to resign is a direct attack on democracy and an insult to the voters who ahad consistently voted for the party since 2014. SODELPA president Ratu Epenisa Cakobau said Ms Tabuya’s utterances were an example of “someone who...

Stop rambling, Tabuya told

SOCIAL Democratic Liberal Party (SODELPA) president Ratu Epenisa Cakobau says public comments made by Lynda Tabuya indicates she intends to leave the party. He made the statement in response to comments made by Ms Tabuya in The Fiji Times yesterday where she said that the party was not ready for next year’s polls because it...

Ratu Naiqama blames SODELPA ‘leadership failures’

TUI Cakau Ratu Naiqama Lalabalavu has resigned from his position as Social Democratic and Liberal Party (SODELPA) vice president. He tendered his resignation yesterday and addressed it to party president Ratu Epenisa Cakobau and party leader Viliame Gavoka. Ratu Naiqama said in his resignation letter he was deeply disappointed and saddened to witness the “state...

Ratu Naiqama resigns as SODELPA vice president

SODELPA vice president Ratu Naiqaimama Lalabalavu has resigned from his position as party vice president with immediate effect. He tendered his resignation today and addressed it to the president of the party Ratu Epenisa Cakobau and as well the party leader Viliame Gavoka. Ratu Naiqama in his resignation letter said he was deeply disappointed and...

SODELPA leader reacts to Tabuya’s public utterances

SODELPA leader Ratu Epenisa Cakobau says it is unfortunate that the party had to be embroiled in a debate with one of its own publicly. Ratu Epenisa made reference to Opposition Whip Lynda Tabuya who had told The Fiji Times that the party was not ready for the 2022 general elections. “The Hon Member has...

Vanua Levu residents query committee

A number of Vanua Levu residents asked the parliamentary Standing Committee on Justice, Law and Human Rights whether their consultation presently conducted by the committee was part of campaigning for the 2022 polls. During consultations held across Vanua Levu, voters asked the standing committee how many political parties would contest the 2022 General Election and...

‘FEO not carrying out enough awareness’

Increased awareness on the electoral system and the importance of elections is needed, especially in rural areas. This was the view expressed by Vunivutu Village headwoman Ranadi Raluna. She made the comment to the parliamentary Standing Committee on Justice, Law and Human Rights at a consultation in Wavuwavu, Macuata. Ms Raluna said the Fijian Elections...

Fiji’s Elections Supervisor’s role questioned

Supervisor of Elections Mohammed Saneem’s role as secretary to the Electoral Commission was questioned during a consultation on proposed amendments to electoral laws conducted by the parliamentary Standing Committee on Justice, Law and Human Rights in Labasa recently. During the forum at Wavuwavu Primary School, Vavalagi resident Mere Martin also asked the committee to explain...

Unity Fiji party suspension lifted

The Registrar of Political Parties, Mohammed Saneem, has lifted the suspension imposed on the Unity Fiji Party. Mr Saneem confirmed this morning that the political party led by former Reserve Bank of Fiji governor Savenaca Narube had complied with the Political Parties Act. Under the Act, all political parties are required to submit audited accounts...

Committee calls on people of Taveuni to attend public consultation

The people on Taveuni are urged to attend the public consultations on the Electoral Amendment Bill 2020, Electoral Registration of Voters Amendment Bill 2020, and the Political Parties Registration, Conduct, Funding and Disclosures Amendment Bill 2020. Chairperson of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights Alvick Maharaj said the consultation was important and people...

FEO urges FTU members to vote

Fiji’s Supervisor of Elections Mohammed Saneem has urged all members of the Fiji Teachers Union (FTU) to come out and vote for their union representatives in the upcoming national election scheduled for later this week. He said the office had extended polling to two days considering the low turnout at the previous elections in 2019....

Gavoka to visit island constituency

Social Democratic Liberal Party (SODELPA) leader Viliame Gavoka will be travelling to Kadavu this week. He made the comments after being questioned on why the Kadavu constituency representative was not allowed to sit in during the management board meeting in Suva on Friday. The representative expressed his disappointment at Kadavu not being allowed to sit...

Suspension lifted for Freedom Alliance Party

The suspension placed on the political party Freedom Alliance has been uplifted. This was confirmed by the Supervisor of Elections, Mohammed Saneem, at a press conference this afternoon. He said the party had submitted its audited accounts, complying with Section 26 (2) of the Political Parties Act. “Following the letters which were delivered to the...

Registrar suspends three Fijian political parties for not submitting audited accounts

Suspension letters were issued to the Unity Fiji, Freedom Alliance and HOPE political parties this morning by the Registrar of Political Parties, Mohammed Saneem. A statement by the Fijian Elections Office (FEO) stated this was because the political parties had failed to comply with Section 26 (2) of the Political Parties Act. “Under Section 26...

Duru is new SODELPA general secretary

Lenaitasi Duru is the new general secretary for the Social Democratic Liberal Party (SODELPA). He was appointed by the Party’s management board today. Mr Duru succeeds Emele Duituturaga who had resigned a month ago. Party leader Viliame Gavoka said other than Mr Duru’s qualifications, he brought with him a strong sense of continuity and stability...

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