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Jale cries foul over elimination

Former top civil servant Anare Jale is crying foul over his elimination from the candidates list of the Social Democratic Liberal Party. Last night, party stalwarts were still awaiting word
20 Aug 2014 15:55
Jale cries foul over elimination
New Zealand Black Ferns Development XV side at Nadi International Airport on November 15, 2019. Photo: Waisea Nasokia

Former top civil servant Anare Jale is crying foul over his elimination from the candidates list of the Social Democratic Liberal Party.

Last night, party stalwarts were still awaiting word from the Electoral Commission for a reply to their objection to his elimination.

According to Mr Jale, the ground of lack of residency within Fiji over the past two years prior to his nomination was unfounded. “I have been in Fiji all this time, with only a few short trips to the Solomon Islands and back again,’’ he said.

Mr. Jale has been working as a short-term senior advisor to the Regional Assistance Mission to the Solomon Islands (RAMSI), but said he was based out of Fiji. He is a former permanent secretary for the Public Service Commission (PSC).

”I had sought legal advice on my eligibility to stand for the elections and I was of the belief that I qualified since I was always present and living in Fiji and made brief trips abroad,’’ he said.

Backing him yesterday at SODELPA headquarters were party leader Ro Teimumu Kepa, representative of the Vuanirewa clan from the Lau Group, Adi Ateca Ganilau, representative of the Soqosoqo Vakamarama in the Lau Group, Adi Kakua Mara. “I was very disappointed that he was rejected. He has contributed so much in terms of development,’’ she said.

The Electoral Commission is expected to respond to Mr Jale’s objection today.

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