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SODELPA meet to decide on nominees

By ROSI DOVIVERATA The Social Democratic Liberal Party (SODELPA) Central constituency will be meeting tomorrow to select their office bearers. Representatives from Serua, Rewa, Tailevu, Naitasiri and Nasinu are expected
17 Oct 2013 09:57
SODELPA interim leader, Ratu Jone Kubuabola.

SODELPA interim leader, Ratu Jone Kubuabola.

By ROSI DOVIVERATA

The Social Democratic Liberal Party (SODELPA) Central constituency will be meeting tomorrow to select their office bearers.
Representatives from Serua, Rewa, Tailevu, Naitasiri and Nasinu are expected to be at the Fijian Teachers Association hall tomorrow afternoon.
Party secretary Pio Tabaiwalu said they are not expecting a crowd, but representatives from the different provinces in the central division.

Party leader nominee
After the meeting, two names will be chosen as their nominee for the party leader position.
So far, only the Western constituency have had their meeting and have submitted their two nominees.
The Northern constituency representatives are expected to meet next week. Former Minister for Land in the Laisenia Qarase government, Ratu Naiqama Lalabalavu is said to be organizing the party set-up in the North.
SODELPA’s party leader will be chosen by the selection committee to be chaired by Laisenia Qarase.
Mr Tabaiwalu said, there will be a minimum of four members in that committee.
“A women’s and a youth rep will be part of the selection committee,” he said.
Since the party was registered, SODELPA is yet to choose a party leader. Political observers have noted that they need a leader who is visionary and who has Fiji at heart.

Tabaiwalu
Mr Tabaiwalu in an earlier interview had said that a person of charisma would best suit SODELPA.
Some have even suggested Mr Tabaiwalu himself as a potential party leader.
He is a professional and younger person with experience as an international diplomat and civil servant.

Not Dr Baba
Some have suggested Dr Tupeni Baba could be  a candidate because of his recent high profile in the party.
“Not Dr Tupeni Baba,” said an observer with long political experience who cannot comment publicly on politics because of his current position.
“He is like the moko that changes skin colour to suit the chosen political surrounding.’’
When contacted yesterday afternoon to reply to these comments, Dr Baba said to call him in the morning.
Dr Baba initially began his political career as one of the founders of the Fiji Labour Party.
A fall out with its leader, Mahendra Chaudhry led him to later form the New Labour Unity Party.
The NLUP did not last long. By 2006, it was announced that the Soqosoqo ni Duavata ni Lewenivanua  (SDL) had Dr Baba to contest in the Tamavua/Samabula Open constituency.

Leader to attract voters
The observer said SODELPA needs a thinker with the kind of gravitas that will attract support from more serious thinking voters and especially younger voters.
“They need someone who has vision of where this country should move in terms of development, tackling the issues that matter in this country and internationally. Fiji needs visionary leadership at this time.
“SODELPA seriously need reform and adapt with the times.”

Fomer senior civil servants
With a number of former senior civil servants now with the party, it will be interesting to see whether their names will also be among the eight nominees for the party leader position.
These include Anare Jale, Emitai Boladuadua and Isireli Koyamaibole.
Former Post Fiji boss, Peni Mau, was also present at a number of SODELPA meetings.
Ratu Jone Kubuabola, who took over from Laisenia Qarase as party leader is a likely contender.
A board meeting to be held at the end of the month will finalise the names of those in the selection committee who will then decide as to the right candidate to take SODELPA to the 2014 elections.



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