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More On New Political Movement Emerges

More On New Political Movement Emerges
Adi Sivia Qoro
April 15
11:09 2017

Since Adi Sivia Qoro revealed a new political movement this  week, more information, still to be verified, has emerged.

Ground teams have been dispatched, it is understood, to gather signatures.

The proposed United People’s Party has been bandied about as a proposed name for the proposed political party, if the new political movement develops to that.

Whether that name has been registered with the Fijian Elections office is not known. Supervisor of Elections, Mohammed Saneem could not be reached to comment yesterday.

It is also believed that some prominent lawyers and medical professionals have allegedly been linked to this group.

It is said to be made up a core group of professionals and intellectuals, in the same league as Adi Sivia.

She is a private consultant specialising in monitoring and evaluation of projects that are implemented by donors and development partners in social adaptation, Gender work and the media in the Middle East, Asia and the Pacific.

Adi Sivia says the aim of the new movement is to provide a political alternative outside of the existing or proposed parties.

It is also understood that some MPs in the Opposition have been approached to join the new group. Those who are being targeted are professionals and experienced politicians.

The movement, it is believed, is positioning itself to catch disgruntled members from the existing political parties and the undecided voters.

Its policies will be based on the principles of accountability, transparency, the rule of law and order, freedom of expression and the separation of power between the legislature, executive and judiciary.

It’s first big challenge if it wants to grow into a fully-fledged political party is to gather 5000 signatures before it could be registered.

The proposed party, HOPE, is now taking several weeks to collect the signatures. There is no indication when it will complete the exercise.

The new group’s emergence is raising eyebrows in the Opposition, particularly among SODELPA ranks.

There is the concern that it could take away some support at a time when SODELPA needs to retain its 2014 election strength and build on it to attract additional voters if it wants to win next year’s general election.

But it is not all plain sailing for the new group, it is understood. In a few areas of the west it has met some stiff resistance from pro-SODELPA and pro-FijiFirst supporters.

But Adi Sivia said in her research there was space for a political alternative.

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