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Analysis: Women Bolster Party’s Support In Ba Electorate

The inclusion of three women with roots in Ba has boosted FijiFirst’s bid to firmly secure this male-domi­nated community. Their naming as provisional candidates was a strategic move to give
25 Sep 2018 10:49
Analysis: Women Bolster Party’s Support In Ba Electorate

The inclusion of three women with roots in Ba has boosted FijiFirst’s bid to firmly secure this male-domi­nated community.

Their naming as provisional candidates was a strategic move to give the party a new dimension in the changing dynamics of the 2018 General Election.

Former senior education officer Ivamere Rokoduna Saunaqali, and business entre­preneur Lisi Naziah Tora Ali have joined Minister for Health and Medical Services Rosy Akbar to strengthen the party’s cam­paign in Ba.

They complement the male lineup of Min­ister for Local Government, Housing and Community Development, Infrastructure and Transport Parveen Bala, Government Whip Ashneel Sudhakar, Assistant Minis­ter for Agriculture Viam Pillay and entre­preneur Arvin Kumar Singh.

Although she is originally from Kia, Mac­uata in Vanua Levu, Mrs Saunaqali, has lived in Ba most of her life.

She married her husband from Nailaga, raised a family of four, and worked as a school teacher and education officer.

She is well known in the Ba region. She currently lectures at the Fiji National Uni­versity.

Mrs Ali, who has business interests in pub­lic relations, publication, food and bever­age, is married to soccer star Roy Krishna. Her mother is from Ba and she maintains a strong connection with her Ba people.

Mrs Akbar has their support as they try to woo voters.

Among their male colleagues, Mr Bala stands out. He was a former Mayor of Ba and is still connected to the region. He is ably assisted by Mr Sudhakar, Mr Pillay and Mr Singh.

Their Ba connection makes the seven a formidable bunch and earn the tag, the “Magnificent Seven.” They will be the team to beat in the election.

Feedback: nemani.delaibatiki@fijisun.com.fj

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