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Bogileka, Lesavua stand for Fiji Labour Party

ROSI DOVIVERATA Suva Former parliamentarians of the deregistered Party of National Unity (PANU) are now flying the Fiji Labour Party colours next month in the elections. Meli Bogileka was successful
05 Aug 2014 08:16

ROSI DOVIVERATA
Suva

Former parliamentarians of the deregistered Party of National Unity (PANU) are now flying the Fiji Labour Party colours next month in the elections.
Meli Bogileka was successful in his 1999 campaign for the Ba West Fijian Communal seat. Nawaka native Ponipate Lesavua also had a successful run. He was elected Minister for Youth and Sports in 1999 and later appointed Senator from 2001 to 2006.
Both are urging iTaukei voters to vote wisely. Mr Bogileka was Minister for Communications before the 2000 coup. “It was devastating.” The coming election has brought a renewed vigor to serve his fellow countrymen.
Mr Bogileka said the single constituency set out in the new electoral system is a bonus.
“I think it’s much easier now, it’s opened up a bigger field to work on instead of a specific division as before. I have supporters in Lau, Vanua Levu and those whom I went to school with at St John’s College, Cawaci.”
The decision to stand for Labour was an easy one for both Mr Bogileka and Mr Lesavua.
“We were part and parcel of the coalition after the 1999 election and our relationship has been intact since,” they said.
Both consider the Western Division as a FLP stronghold.
rosi.doviverata@fijisun.com.fj




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