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PM sets date for his party’s registration; launch in May LOSALINI RASOQOSOQO Prime Minister Rear Admiral (Retired) Voreqe Bainimarama will register his new party on April 22 and launch it
19 Mar 2014 11:24

PM sets date for his party’s registration; launch in May

LOSALINI RASOQOSOQO

Prime Minister Rear Admiral (Retired) Voreqe Bainimarama will register his new party on April 22 and launch it in May.
He made the announcement in Vanuavatu on Monday night and reiterated it yesterday while speaking to the people of Komo Island in the Lau Group.
Mr Bainimarama, who is on an official tour of five islands in the Lau Group he has not visited, also told the people there would be no campaign two weeks before the elections.
Speaking from Vanuavatu yesterday, villager Semi Tadokai who attended the PM’s talanoa session, said all their doubts on the elections had been clarified.
“We have no radio transmission on the island so most of us do not know what to expect in the coming elections until the Prime Minister visited us,” Mr Tadokai said.
“Now we have found out that five parties will contest the elections and we will be given the choice to vote from the 250 names that will be on the ballot paper.”
Mr Tadokai said the people of Vanuavatu remained committed to the Bainimarama Government and had offered their unwavering support towards the PM.
“For the people here in Vanuavatu, we are all going to vote for Bainimarama. His government has really proven itself from when they came into power until today,” he said.
“We have seen development coming and assistance in all forms so we would like that to continue.”
Mr Tadokai said the PM assured that he would visit the island again in July.
“He said Monday’s visit was just to complete his Lau tour, but he will be visiting in July before the elections so we are all looking forward.”
Mr Bainimarama also revealed that all registration of voters would end 60 days before the elections. For this, a directive will be issued by the President. Political parties are also not allowed to campaign two weeks before polling day.
Meanwhile, Mr Bainimarama joined a delegation led by the Minister for Women, Social Welfare and Poverty Alleviation from Monday.
Together, they visited Vanuavatu before heading to Komo. They left Komo for Namuka yesterday afternoon.




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