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ANALYSIS: Proposed Unity Fiji New Threat For SODELPA Votes

SODELPA is under siege from rival political groups nibbling away its iTaukei powerbase. Its biggest threat is the proposed Unity Fiji party. It surprised many people that it was able
23 Jun 2017 11:03
ANALYSIS: Proposed Unity Fiji New Threat For SODELPA Votes
Adi Sivia Qoro

SODELPA is under siege from rival political groups nibbling away its iTaukei powerbase.

Its biggest threat is the proposed Unity Fiji party.

It surprised many people that it was able to collect its 5000 signatures in record time, in a matter of a few months.

It has emerged that it had used traditional protocol to approach the village chiefs, which gave them access to meeting

venues and the grassroots people.

Many of those people who signed for the proposed party are under the umbrella of these chiefs. This is striking at

the heart of SODELPA’s support.

SODELPA’s pro-indigenous policies were born from what the party claims to be the aspirations and concerns of the

iTaukei.

If you take this out from SODELPA it is like ripping out its soul.

This will become a tense battleground for the intake-focused parties.

Proposed Unity Fiji is likely to unite all the Western Based parties, from Ra to Nadroga and the Yasawas, including

the original Western United Front that the late Ratu Osea Gavidi founded.

They will all come under the one roof, of Unity Fiji.

SODELPA will have to regroup and come up with strategies to counter Unity Fiji’s rapidly growing reputation as

a party of officials with a proven track record in management, policy formulation and governance.

The West have tried alternative parties before but most of them have fizzled out. FijiFirst and SODELPA have filled

that void.

Proposed Unity Fiji has policies that are similar to FijiFirst.

That’s why it has found it easier to gain inroads into SODELPA’s territory.

It could also attract FijiFirst supporters but it has to work harder and offer more than what FijiFirst is offering the people now.

The signatures published in the Fiji Sun on Monday showed that the proposed Unity Fiji has support in other

divisions and there is a good ethnic mix. Its proposed head office is registered at Vunakece Rd, Namadi Heights, Suva.

That’s where interim leader, Savenaca Narube, resides.

It is understood that while the initial support is strong in the West, the proposed party is serious about growing support in other divisions because it believes it can develop its capacity to become the alternative government.

The party headquarters will be in Suva because it’s the seat of power.

SODELPA will also have to contend with the National Federation Party and proposed HOPE Party for the iTaukei

votes.

But its biggest challenge from the newcomers in the political arena will be the proposed Unity Fiji.

Edited by Ranoba Baoa

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