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ANALYSIS: SODELPA Aiming For High Calibre Candidates

Candidates applying for a SODELPA ticket in the 2018 general election must be able to think on their feet. This means they must have the required level of intellectual capacity
25 May 2016 09:21
ANALYSIS: SODELPA Aiming For High Calibre Candidates
Opposition MP, Viliame Gavoka.

Candidates applying for a SODELPA ticket in the 2018 general election must be able to think on their feet.

This means they must have the required level of intellectual capacity to try to counter what FijiFirst has to offer.

The bar has been raised to meet the new expectation brought about by sweeping changes in the party’s amended constitution approved last year.

The changes are designed to position the party to give FijiFirst a credible challenge in the next election. High calibre candidates are part of these changes.

The new candidate selection criteria could mean that some current sitting members of Parliament would not be there in the next general election.

Sitting MP Viliame Gavoka has been used as an example of the quality of candidates that the party would be looking for.

Mr Gavoka seldom reads from prepared texts and has the ability to articulate issues at the drop of the hat.

He holds his own in the debating chamber of Parliament and captures the attention of listeners.

“That’s the kind of people we want in Parliament. They have the passion and they speak with strong conviction,” one official said.

“They have wide general knowledge and are prepared to counter the points from the other side.”

This selection approach, however, does not take into consideration the provincial preferences. The challenge for the selection committee is how to strike a balance to keep the electorate happy and field the best candidates.

 

Feedback:  nemani.delaibatiki@fijisun.com.fj

 

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