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PDP Nominees to Finance Their Own Campaign

ROSI DOVIVERATA Lautoka The 13 candidate nominees of the People’s Democratic Party, announced in Lautoka yesterday, will have to finance and support their own campaigns, says party leader, Felix Anthony.
06 Jul 2014 10:11

People’s Democratice Party leader Felix Anthony with party members. Photo: Rosi Doviverata

ROSI DOVIVERATA
Lautoka

The 13 candidate nominees of the People’s Democratic Party, announced in Lautoka yesterday, will have to finance and support their own campaigns, says party leader, Felix Anthony.
“This is a poor man’s party. We represent the grassroots and that’s how we will carry out our campaign. Our campaign is our commitment, our manifesto and about the people of this country.
“We are not going to run a fancy campaign like FijiFirst.
“We may not have those kinds of funds – so we will work within our budget.”
Mr Anthony said the party would not place any levy on nominees other than to pay the $1000 required under the Electoral Decree for candidate nomination.
Depending on what the party intends to do in the lead-up to elections, he said they will need between $200,000 and $250,000 to run campaigns.
In January, former spokesperson and a party founder, (now Social Democratic Liberal Party nominee, Nirmal Singh) had said that they would need $1million to campaign. Mr Anthony said they had to be realistic.
Fundraising drives are expected to take place in all districts around Fiji, one in Auckland by month end and another one in Australia.
A second batch of nominees is expected to be announced this week when the party launches its manifesto in Nausori.
Mr Anthony said the party is looking to include nominees from all parts of Fiji.
“Our party is truly multiracial and also our commitment to women and youth are going to be met.”
He said over 60 applicants were received but they were not relying only on applications.
“We are moving around the country, consulting people and also ensuring that people we nominate as candidates are able to serve and have been serving the people in their various communities.
“We are not going to just look at people who have the urge to serve the people come elections only, we will ensure that those we choose have a desire to serve and are committed to the people of this country.”
The 13 nominees announced yesterday:
Jone Baravilala Rasi – youth and human rights advocate, Ba Provincial Youth Council president;
Vijay Singh – PDP executive, businessman and a member of parliament from 2001-2006;
Lynda Tabuya – PDP president, lawyer and children’s rights advocate;
Peni Turaga – PDP Nausori branch president, community worker and former civil servant;
Dr Emasi Qovu – former civil servant and Member of Parliament 2001 – 2006;
Sat Narayan – community worker and former civil servant;
Adi Sivia Qoro – consultant and former Minister for Commerce and Minister for Industry in 2006;
Eroni Ratuwalesi – trade unionist and community worker;
Salochna Sharma – advisory councillor and community worker;
Josiah T.J. Loloma – youth advocate, National Youth Council president, pastor
Adi Varanisese Tavaiqia – consultant, former trade representative to Taiwan;
Ratu Iliesa Raseru – former general manager of Engineering Procure Construction, a director of Lololo Forest Co Ltd and social worker;
Felix Anthony – PDP leader.

rosi.doviverata@fijisun.com.fj




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