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Candidate Setback Stirs PDP

The People’s Democratic Party is awaiting a reply to its appeal over the elimination of four of their candidates. The party’s general secretary, AmanRavindra-Singh and Lynda Tabuya, its president, in
21 Aug 2014 18:58

The People’s Democratic Party is awaiting a reply to its appeal over the elimination of four of their candidates.

The party’s general secretary, AmanRavindra-Singh and Lynda Tabuya, its president, in a press conference yesterday clarified the basis of their appeal.

The party also objected to the approval of sixFijiFirst candidates.

Mr Singh said they had submitted 50 nominations and only four were rejected – Daniel Urai, Shamal Singh, Hiroshi Taniguchi and LekimaLawanitoakula.

He clarified that two others, WiliameRabunebune and Vijay Chand’s names were announced in the second batch of candidates’ names.

He said their names were not filed for nomination as they had withdrawn from the party.

“Rabunebune’s and Chand’s name were not submitted during the nomination day because they had withdrawn their names because of medical reasons,” Mr Singh said.

The party had filed their appeal on the basis that all four of their candidates had met the requirement. “According to the Supervisor of Elections, Mr Taniguchi did not have a Fiji passport.

However, we have clarified that Mr Taniguchi has been living in Fiji for the past 10 years or so, he had paid his personal income tax for the past three years and he has a Fijian passport,” Mr Singh said

“For Mr Urai, the elections office rejected it because of convictions. However, he was never convicted and sent to jail. “

The party was hopeful that these four names would be approved and they would have a full team to contest the general elections.

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