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between the lines: 8th November, 2018

No-win situation for Rabuka SODELPA leader Sitiveni Rabuka is caught between a rock and a hard place. As his D-Day looms on Monday when he will know whether he will
08 Nov 2018 12:01
between the lines: 8th November, 2018

No-win situation for Rabuka

SODELPA leader Sitiveni Rabuka is caught between a rock and a hard place.

As his D-Day looms on Monday when he will know whether he will contest the November 14 General Election or not, his supporters who have voted for him are keeping their fingers crossed.

Others are concerned with their votes between today and Monday

This is because if he loses the battle on an appeal against his magistrates court acquittal and gets convicted all the votes for him so far will be invalid.

Pre-polling and postal voting have already started. There are 59,472 people registered for pre-polling, 11,277 for postal voting.

FICAC (Fiji Independent Commission Against Corruption) has appealed in the High Court against Mr Rabuka after the Suva Magistrates Court acquitted him on charges relating to his declaration of his assets and liabilities.

Some party members have said that Mr Rabuka should have clearly told his followers not to vote for him but another SODELPA candidate  from the start of pre-polling to next Monday.

Even if he loses the case, the party will still retain the votes.

But Mr Rabuka knows if he is allowed to run, he will play catch-up in the numbers game. He may look bad when all the votes are tallied. There are those from within SODELPA who want to unseat him as leader and others in opposing political parties who do not trust him.

It looks like a no-win situation for him.

Politician in hospital

If you are wondering why a certain vocal Opposition politician has not been seen or heard, spare a thought for him.

The pressures of the political campaign must have taken their toll on him.

The election candidate is currently undergoing heart surgery at an Indian hospital. It is not clear whether he will be back before polling begins on November 14.




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