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ANALYSIS: Future Looks Grim For Fiji Labour Party

The Fiji Labour Party faces a worrying future, the 2018 General Election results show. The provisional results revealed that the party struggled to get more than one per cent of
18 Nov 2018 10:00
ANALYSIS: Future Looks Grim For Fiji Labour Party
Fiji Labour Party leader Mahendra Chaudhry

The Fiji Labour Party faces a worrying future, the 2018 General Election results show.

The provisional results revealed that the party struggled to get more than one per cent of the vote, more than four per cent short of the threshold required for a seat in Parliament.

It recorded 0.65 per cent.

In the 2014 General Election it achieved better at 2.35 per cent.

This is a major blow to a party that once stood as an influential voice in national politics.

In 1987, led by the late Dr Timoci Bavadra, FLP joined the National Federation Party and defeated the Alliance Government of the late Ratu Sir Kamisese Mara.

Then in 1999 it won the General Election on its own steam and produced the country’s first Indo-Fijian Prime Minister, Mahendra Chaudhry.

He remains the party leader.

It has been suggested that the par­ty could change its sagging image if Mr Chaudhry gives up the party leadership to Aman Ravindra-Sin­gh, whose performance was dismal in the polls.

Unity Fiji

While Unity Fiji did better than FLP its 1.56 per cent in the provi­sional results was still short of the threshold.

It’s a new party and it did not have all the time that the other major parties had to campaign.

Its future looks promising

HOPE

The last party to join the election race was in a worse off situation than Unity Fiji on campaign time.

It was also handicapped by lack of finance.

NFP

The likely three seats are consist­ent with the outcomes highlighted by opinion polls published by the Fiji Sun.

While it gained more iTaukei votes this time through the efforts of president Pio Tikoduadua, it lost Indo-Fijian votes.

The election of Mr Tikoduadua and Lenora Qereqeretabua as like­ly MPs show a new trend for the party.

Even much-fancied candidates like Parmod Chand and Charan Jeath Singh failed to win seats.

FijiFirst

When Parliament convenes it will show that FijiFirst is the only party that is representative of the different races in this country in its likely haul of 27 seats.

The Opposition bench compris­ing the likely 21 SODELPA MPs and likely three NFP MPs are all-iTaukei bar one, NFP leader Biman Prasad.

No doubt the party will regroup to review its loss of five seats to SODEPA and how that will be recti­fied come the next election.

SODELPA

It’s strong indigenous propagan­da supported by some deliberate misinformation contributed to a much improved performance, com­pared with 2014.

Edited by Epineri Vula

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