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Waqavonovono leads SODELPA Youth Council

By AQELA SUSU Youth activist Pita Waqavonovono has been appointed the new interim president of the Social Democratic Liberal Party’s Youth Council. His appointment came after constituency youth members met
16 Feb 2014 10:18
The interim president of the Social Democratic Liberal Party (SODELPA) Youth Council, Pita Waqavonovno (standing centre), with members of the interim Youth Council at the Fiji Teachers Association Hall yesterday. Photo: JUSTINE MANNAN

The interim president of the Social Democratic Liberal Party (SODELPA) Youth Council, Pita Waqavonovno (standing centre), with members of the interim Youth Council at the Fiji Teachers Association Hall yesterday. Photo: JUSTINE MANNAN

By AQELA SUSU

Youth activist Pita Waqavonovono has been appointed the new interim president of the Social Democratic Liberal Party’s Youth Council.
His appointment came after constituency youth members met with party officials to elect a new batch of office bearers to head the Youth Council until their annual general meeting in May.
Speaking after his appointment yesterday Mr Waqavonovono said he was honoured to head the youth council.
“I feel so honoured but at the same time I know I have a very big responsibility to carry out as people have many expectations out of the youth council,” Mr Waqavonovono said.
He now looks forward to work with other youth groups that have the intentions of supporting the party.
“I am looking forward to uniting youths and youth group who support the Social Democratic Liberal Party.”
“I believe the party serves as a platform for the younger generations that have lost hope with the current regime,” Mr Waqavonovono said.
SODELPA’s Youth representative Ratu Isikeli Komaisavai said the youth council had an important role to play with elections in a few months time.
“It is a very important year for us and one of the main roles of the youth council is to assist the party in decision making.”
He said the youths were a vital part of the democratic process in Fiji.
“These youths are important in being part of this democratic process because our future depends on them.”
He said the appointment of the youth council members would enable the party to hear the concerns and the views of the youths today.
“Hopefully with the space that has been accorded to them there will be positive outcomes coming out of it later,” he said.
Meanwhile, SODELPA’s general secretary Pio Tabaiwalu said the establishment of the party council was in line with what was in their constitution to have a youth wing of the party too.
He said the youth council would help devise policies for youths.
“The youth council will help develop very good policies and contribute to the work done by the party,” he said.
“They will also generate volunteers, networks and empower youths through the council.”
He said this newly elected youth council members would help the party map the way forward and also develop strategies that would help the party in gaining votes.
n SODELPA’s New Interim Youth Council office bearers
President- Pita Waqavonovono
Vice President- VaniCatanasiga
Secretary- Laisani Qaqanilawa
Assistant Secretary- Setareki Loco
Treasurer- Mosese Tuva
n Committee members
Vilikesa Koroi
Ratu Manoa Rayawa
Tui Kalusiano




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