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I’ll be back’: Vakalalabure vows return

Single dad backs NFP campaign despite ineligibility Rosi Doviverata suva Aspiring politician and single dad, Jone Vakalalabure could not hold back tears as he shared about his personal sacrifices since
06 Aug 2014 07:53

Single dad backs NFP campaign despite ineligibility

Rosi Doviverata
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Aspiring politician and single dad, Jone Vakalalabure could not hold back tears as he shared about his personal sacrifices since the announcement of his candidacy for the National Federation Party.
In a press conference, yesterday, NFP leader Dr Biman Prasad confirmed the withdrawal of Mr Vakalalabure and Makereta Waqavonovono’s nomination because of an amendment to the Electoral Decree.
“I had to pull out my son from kindergarten (Suva) and I had to take him to the village (Natewa) so that my mother can look after him while I campaigned in the hope of serving the people of this country,” said an emotional Mr Vakalalabure.
But the amendment to the Electoral Decree last week with regard to who is “ordinarily resident” in Fiji – disqualified both Mr Vakalalabure and Ms Waqavonovono. The duo were overseas overseas studying.
Under the amendment dated July 31, a person shall qualify to be ordinarily resident in Fiji for at least two years immediately before being nominated if that person has been present and living in Fiji for an aggregate period of not less than 18 months out of the two years immediately before being nominated.
A party statement said: “It is regrettable that this has resulted in the withdrawal of two of our competent and highly qualified candidates who have been penalised by this amendment decree.”
But Mr Vakalalabure, who was NFP’s spokesperson for environment and natural resource management, was not disheartened.
“It’s made me much stronger and I will come back in the next four to five years.”
Ms Waqavonovono was disappointed and felt that she had let her supporters down. Her immediate plan was to continue campaigning for the party and she would be applying for a practicing certificate by the end of the week.
“I will go back into practise as a lawyer – and I hope that practicing after September will be a much easier and less problematic task.”
She was confident that she would be back in court soon.
Dr Prasad thanked the pair for their courage and understanding. “They’ve inspired me personally. I’m thankful to both of them for their undertaking to continue to campaign for the NFP.”
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