NAMES DRIVE hits top gear
Many sign for proposed party in PM’s first outing
Signature collection for the proposed FijiFirst Party started on a high note in Suva yesterday.
People jostled for turns to sign the register as Prime Minister Rear Admiral (Retired) Voreqe Bainimarama watched in delight at Vivrass Plaza during his lunch hour .
Earlier, Mr Bainimarama arrived in a taxi covered in the proposed party’s blue colour with the name of proposed FijiFirst.
One of the first persons to sign was taxi driver Rajendra Kumar.
Mr Kumar told the Fiji Sun that he supported the proposed party because its leader had done a lot for the nation.
He said past leaders had done very little to help the people compared to Mr Bainimarama.
Mr Kumar said Government’s free education policy had definitely helped parents, especially when many struggled to pay school fees.
Mr Kumar said past governments had prioritised education but did little to see that all children attended schools. Taxi owner Jonacani Bainimarama, the PM’s older brother, said his taxi carried the proposed party colours because he supported what the PM was doing in national development.
Shive Goundar said he had given his support to the proposed FijiFirst Party because its leader had done many good things for the nation.
“He cares for all Fijians,” he said.
Vijay Prakash, who had volunteered to take care of the signature collection in the area, said the proposed political party should be supported by all Fijians as it would deliver better services to the people.
Mr Bainimarama said he was happy with the positive response from the eligible voters who had signed.
Many had wanted to sign but they did not have their voter regisration cards. However, they had given assurances that they would sign the form and be one the 5000 who had given their support for the proposed party. Today, Mr Bainimarama will tour Suva on his campaign bus to continue his signature collection.
He told the Fiji Sun that many had indicated wanting the bus to stop over at their villages .
Mr Bainimarama said that he had already hired a few Pajeros to follow the bus. They would come in handy in places inaccessible by bus, he added.
The use of the bus, he said, was a new way of campaigning he would use for the September 17 general election. Many, he said, had asked for a seat in the bus and he was glad with the positive responses towards his proposed party.