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#Vote2018: Lawyer Vuataki to stand for SODELPA?

Lautoka lawyer Kitione Vuataki confirmed that he has applied for a SODELPA ticket for the upcoming General Election. However, he is yet to get a feedback from SODELPA headquarters. He
30 Mar 2018 10:32
#Vote2018: Lawyer Vuataki to stand for SODELPA?
Lautoka lawyer Kitione Vuataki

Lautoka lawyer Kitione Vuataki confirmed that he has applied for a SODELPA ticket for the upcoming General Election.

However, he is yet to get a feedback from SODELPA headquarters.

He did not elaborate further about his plans moving forward.

Mr Vuataki’s name was initially revealed in a list, published by the Fiji Sun, of 110 people who had applied for SODELPA tickets to contest the 2018 General Election.

But this is not the first time the Vanua Levu native is running for office.

During the 1999 General Election which was run under the Alternative Voting system, Mr Vuataki contested under the Christian Democratic Alliance  also known as the Veitokani ni Lewenivanua Vakarisito (VLV) Party.

He pulled more than 2000 votes when he stood in the North West Fijian Communal constituency.

Mr Vuataki is believed to be eyed by the SODELPA leadership to replace Mosese Bulitavo who was recently convicted of sedition by the Suva Magistrates Court.

The conviction excludes Mr Bulitavu from contesting the 2018 General Election and also means the vacation of his parliamentary seat.

During the 2014 General Election, Mr Bulitavu had pulled 6276 votes.

He was ranked in the top four for SODELPA after Ro Teimumu Kepa, Niko Nawaikula and party president Ratu Naiqama Lalabalavu.

This year will be different with Sitiveni Rabuka who hails from Drekeniwai Village, Cakaudrove also contesting for the Vanua Levu bloc.

Mr Vuataki studied law at the Victoria University of Wellington.

On the Vuataki Law website, he is quoted saying: “

If you are not from Fiji and need assistance in getting approvals for investments in Fiji or you are a native landowning unit interested in development of your resources.

Then these are the matters in which we have years of experience and we can help charter your way through legal avenues you need to get through to achieve your goals.

Once in a while we handle constitutional related issues or judicial review of administrative action as we believe in the protection of human and indigenous rights irrespective of what costs our firm may have to shoulder because of such commitmement”

Edited by Naisa Koroi

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