Politics

Confusion: SODELPA Meet Splits

The meeting is of utmost importance as failure to unite the feuding sides may result in violation of the Registrar of Political Parties Act.
23 May 2020 12:40
Confusion: SODELPA Meet Splits
Members of SODELPA with acting president Vijay Singh seen on Zoom on screen at the Holiday Inn, Suva on May 23, 2020. Photo: Fonua Talei

Confusion surrounds as to where the legitimate meeting of the Social Democratic Liberal Party (SODELPA) is taking place as party members clearly divided have showed up at two different venues, both claiming to be the real deal.

The meeting is of utmost importance as failure to unite the feuding sides may result in violation of the Registrar of Political Parties Act. Time was given by the Registrar of Political Parties Mohammed Saneem for the party to elect a president and vice president by Wednesday.

Until yesterday, the venue for the meeting was Holiday Inn. Even party leader Sitiveni Rabuka confirmed late afternoon yesterday, that they would be meeting in Lali Room at the Holiday Inn.

However, as of this morning, Ksathriya Hall was also announced as a venue with both claiming to hold the Management Board meeting.

Last week, the working committee for SODELPA made resolutions which are to be passed by the board, this includes the suspension of MP Adi Litia Qionibaravi as the general secretary and the appointment of Pio Tabaiwalu as the incumbent.

At Holiday Inn, Mere Samisoni, Lynda Tabuya, Ro Teimumu Kepa, Viliame Gavoka and Tanya Waqanika are present while at Ksathriya Hall, Mr Rabuka, Ro Filipe Tuisawau, Ratu Naiqama Lalabalavu, Adi Litia, Mosese Bulitavu, Anare Jale and Simione Rasova are present.

New appointment here at Holiday Inn; Emele Duituturaga elected as Acting General Secretary.

At Holiday Inn, Ratu Jone Lesuma and Gina Pareti have been appointed as Acting Vice Presidents of SODELPA.
They were elected in the last hour at the Management Board Meeting at Holiday Inn.

Edited by Shalveen Chand

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