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Analysis: FijiFirst Winning As Two Big Parties Battle in West

Whether it was planned or coincidental, the two major parties hit the West this week as they rounded up their General Election campaign. FijiFirst and SODELPA have pulled away from
10 Nov 2018 12:25
Analysis: FijiFirst  Winning As Two Big Parties Battle in West
Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama (right), meets SODELPA Leader Sitiveni Rabuka at Mr Rabuka’s village of Drekeniwai in Cakaudrove on January 25, 2018. Photo: DEPTFO News

Whether it was planned or coincidental, the two major parties hit the West this week as they rounded up their General Election campaign.

FijiFirst and SODELPA have pulled away from the rest of the pack to consolidate their support.

It is understood FijiFirst is leading the race with SODELPA some distance behind.

Whether that distance will get bigger or smaller will depend on what they tell the voters today and tomorrow, the final day of campaigning.

If the current trend continues, FijiFirst is likely to romp through for its second term in office.

The breakdown of seats in the 51-seat Parliament will depend on  how the smaller parties fare.

The National Federation Party, in third place, appears  to have stalled in its progress after its initial gains.

This has been attributed by strong challenges from Unity Fiji in particular, which has also been campaigning hard in the West.

It is understood that Team Unity Fiji  has gained inroads into areas that previously were strong SODELPA territories.

Despite calls from some SODELPA candidates for voters not to vote for small parties because they are wasted votes, Unity Fiji is gaining traction.

The Fiji Labour Party is making a late rally, but it seems it is a little too late. HOPE which began strongly after it was registered appears to have slowed down.

In the dash for the tape, Unity Fiji could come in fourth with HOPE and FLP close behind.

The votes the small parties will split are likely to determine the final seat allocation in Parliament.

SODELPA will hold its final big rally at Nausori today while FijiFirst will be at Lautoka for its final Family Fun Day.

Edited by Naisa Koroi

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