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Kepa Emerging As Top Contender Against PM

Kepa Emerging As Top Contender Against PM
Ro Teimumu Kepa outside Parliament on May 18, 2018. Photo: Ronald Kumar
May 19
11:49 2018

Ro Teimumu Kepa is emerg­ing as the top election con­tender against Prime Minis­ter Voreqe Bainimarama based on the latest Fiji Sun-Razor opinion poll.

The Opposition Leader has im­proved her standing from 12 per cent last week to 14.61 per cent this week.

She is keeping SODELPA leader Sitiveni Rabuka at bay. Mr Rabuka makes a small jump from 11 per cent last week to 11.75 per cent this week.

Ro Teimumu chips away at the lead by Mr Bainimarama, who has dropped from 60 per cent last week to 58.7 per cent this week, in the preferred Prime Minister stakes.

The drop is attributed to his time away overseas. In the past few weeks Mr Bainimarama has been overseas honouring his interna­tional commitments as PM, Minis­ter for Foreign Affairs and COP23 president.

First he was in Bonn, Germany for climate change talks. Then he travelled to London to attend the Commonwealth Heads of Govern­ment Meeting (CHOGM).

He then went to Paris for more climate change talks.

After Paris, he travelled to Ja­pan for the PALM8 summit which opened yesterday.

Opposition politicians have been taking a dig at him while he is away. But he is expected to bounce back when he returns from Japan.

His personal touch and rapport with the people are strongest when he is among them.

It is understood that Ro Teimu­mu is relishing her current run of success. Close associates say she is proving wrong those in SODELPA who engineered her removal as party leader, paving the way for Mr Rabuka to replace her.

She has not been visible as Mr Rabuka does in public engage­ments. But she has her own army of volunteers and supporters who conduct advocacy on her behalf.

Ro Teimumu’s strong polling is a direct challenge to Mr Rabuka’s leadership. While she is not openly challenging Mr Rabuka, it’s what the people are saying at this point in time.

National Federation Party leader Biman Prasad records a slight in­crease from 8 per cent to 8.61 while Fiji Labour Party election team leader Aman Ravindra-Singh dips from 4 per cent to 2.43 per cent.

If the election was held tomorrow, 64 per cent of the people would vote for FijiFirst, 19 per cent for SODELPA, 5 per cent for NFP, 4 per cent for FLP, 3 per cent for Unity Fiji, other 1 per cent, None 4 per cent.

The poll was conducted in face-to-face interviews with 1000 people, 500 in the Central Division, 300 in the Western Division and 200 in the Northern Division.

The outcome of the 2014 General Election reflected the accuracy of the consistent regular Fiji Sun-Razor polls which had FijiFirst leading from the start to the finish including the margin of victory.

Edited by Percy Kean

nemani.delaibatiki@fijisun.com.fj

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