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Watch For 3 Women Lawyers In Lead-Up To November 14 Poll

Three women candidates to watch for in the 14 November General Election are all lawyers. They are FijiFirst candidate Anne Dunn, HOPE Party leader Tupou Draunidalo and SODELPA’s Tanya Waqanika.
31 Oct 2018 11:58
Watch For 3 Women Lawyers In Lead-Up To November 14 Poll

Three women candidates to watch for in the 14 November General Election are all lawyers.

They are FijiFirst candidate Anne Dunn, HOPE Party leader Tupou Draunidalo and SODELPA’s Tanya Waqanika.

They are articulate and not afraid to ex­press what they believe in particularly on sensitive issues.

TUPOU DRAUNIDALO

In the state­ment of as­sets and liabilities published in the Fiji Sun yesterday, HOPE has no bank account yet because it has not ob­tained a TIN number.

Most of HOPE candi­dates had nothing to declare.

The boxes were blank suggesting they ei­ther had no bank account or no money in the account. Whatever it is, it has not de­terred Ms Draunidalo from moving ahead with her election team and strategy.

She said in a FBC TV 4 the Record pro­gramme that they were fielding only 26 can­didates because that’s the number of seats you must win in the 51-seat Parliament to form the government.

Ms Draunidalo is never afraid to talk about sensitive issues and against bigger political parties whose policies she disagrees with. Her courage, resilience and composure un­der pressure make her a difficult opponent to contend with.

On iTaukei issues, SODELPA does not have to contend with FijiFirst only. It must be prepared to face Ms Draunidalo.

She has already said publicly that SODEL­PA cannot regard itself as the mouthpiece of the iTaukei.

There are other iTaukei in other politi­cal parties too who can speak on behalf of iTaukei.

ANNE DUNN

The Suva lawyer, 26, is one of the youngest candidates in this election.

She does voluntary work for Pa­cific Voices in Unison as an advocate for climate change.

She was part of the Fijian delegation for COP23 in Bonn, Germany

She is advocating on climate change in this election. She is also taking up youth issues, particularly on social media.

As a winner of Miss Fiji, she has valuable experience on winning the hearts of the people through her communication skills.

TANYA WAQANIKA

She is like a live wire for SODELPA. She speaks her mind and will defend her posi­tion just as she did when she was engaged in the TV rights debate.

She did not mince her words the other night at a campaign meeting in Suva when she spoke on civil service reforms and con­tracts.

She said all expatriate permanent secre­taries contracts would be terminated with­in the first 100 days after a SODELPA Gov­ernment is formed.

She claimed there was nepotism in the cur­rent system.

All three women are expected to have a sig­nificant impact for their parties come the final days of the campaign.

Edited by Naisa Koroi

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