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FLP Remains Optimistic

FLP Remains Optimistic
Youths from Lau and Rotuma taking part in the empowerment training. Photo: DEPTFO News
September 18
10:05 2014

The Fiji Labour Party remains optimistic despite early results showing it trails FijiFirst and the Social Liberal Democratic Liberal Party (SODELPA) badly.

Party president Lavenia Padarath said they had overcome some daunting obstacles but were still in the race.

“The single constituency has made it a lot more expensive and a lot harder for parties,” she said.

She said in the previous system, candidates focused on their own constituencies and did not have to exhaust themselves travelling all over the place.

“It is tiring and challenging especially for new parties.”

At 10.30pm last night, out of 7160 votes cast from different polling stations, the Fiji Labour Party had received 139 votes which was 1.94 per cent of the total votes cast.

On these progress results the FLP president said it was still too early and they remained optimistic.

The FLP had raised several concerns with the Fijian Elections Office about the electoral process but was satisfied with the assistance of the Supervisor of Elections, Mohammed Saneem.

She said they had received complaints about the electoral process, particularly at one polling station at St Joseph’s Secondary School at Waimanu Road, Suva. Fijian Elections Office officials confirmed they were looking into the complaints that polling officials were allegedly checking the ballot papers of voters before they were put into the ballot box.

‘We’ve remained vigilant and sent out our polling agents because we feel we’ve been cheated on twice too many.’’

She did not elaborate on her comments.

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