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Analysis: No Major Surprises In SODELPA’s Manifesto

If you are expecting major changes in SODELPA’s 2018 election manifesto compared to the 2014 document, you may be disappointed. Policies in the party’s first manifesto form the core policies
17 Mar 2018 11:14
Analysis: No Major Surprises In SODELPA’s Manifesto
SODELPA Party Leader Sitiveni Rabuka.

If you are expecting major changes in SODELPA’s 2018 election manifesto compared to the 2014 document, you may be disappointed.

Policies in the party’s first manifesto form the core policies of SODELPA’s new draft manifesto.

The draft shows that SODELPA would repeal the 2013 Constitution if it  wins power and bring back the 1997 Constitution which encourages multi-party government but restores an electoral system based on ethnicity.

It will basically dismantle the governance structures set up by the  FiiFirst Government and could return Fiji to the pre-2006 political environment when racial division and tension were high.

It will implement its pro-indigenous or pro-iTaukei policies by repealing all the decrees that it claims “suppress basic human rights, including media restrictions”.

It will target “group rights of indigenous Fijians” which it claims are not recognised by  the FijiFirst Government.

It wants to:

  • reinstate the Great Council of Chiefs, hoping that it will attract more iTaukei votes
  • give back authority to chiefs to appoint members of the Fijian (iTaukei) Trust Fund Board and other iTaukei institutions
  • change Constitution to “have entrenched provisions” to protect iTaukei land ownership and rights
  • Recognise role of Christianity and Deed of Cession
  • Reverse the change from Fijian to iTaukei

The consolidation of the policies from 2014 is  a reflection of a belief that it will strengthen its iTaukei powerbase.

The party has realised that it will not gain significant inroads into the Indo-Fijian group and other races. Its best bet is to focus on the iTaukei votes where it is getting traction.

Edited by George Kulamaiwasa

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