PAVING THE WAY FOR CANDIDATES
THE TRADITIONAL APPROACH WILL ENSURE CAMPAIGNS ARE CONDUCTED FREELY: KEPA
The Social Democratic Liberal Party is laying the foundation to make it easier for its selected candidates to campaign around the country.
Yesterday, party leader, Ro Teimumu Kepa led a delegation to the chiefly island of Bau. The party is focused on following traditional protocol to allow those standing on a SODELPA ticket to campaign freely and without any hindrances.
Ro Teimumu said: “We are going around to chiefs of the various vanua and we are visiting to seek the permission and blessings for the people from their vanua to campaign under a SODELPA ticket.
“Bau has a long standing relationship with Rewa dating back before Fiji was ceded to Britain and once we have those blood and traditional relationships, it is also important for our people to be rest assured that we are coming out to seek their blessings on their behalf,” Ro Teimumu said.
She said the party would be visiting other areas throughout Fiji.
SODELPA’s media manager Sainiana Radrodro said the party would visit the vanua of Verata and Naitasiri next week. Other areas in the northern and eastern division will also be visited by the SODELPA delegation.
“The vanua has been very cooperative and there has been an overwhelming level of gratitude, support and acceptance which we expected,’ Mrs Radrodro said.
“In fact after returning from some of the villages that we visited last week there have been follow-up requests for immediate attendance by our party nominees to come in and begin our campaign.
“In some areas there have been requests by the villagers to be taught on how to conduct the electoral process itself.”
Meanwhile, Bau chief Ratu Epenisa Cakobau in receiving the SODELPA entourage gave them the vanua’s best wishes and blessings ahead of the September 17 poll.
Ro Teimumu said the party would start their campaign by the end of June following the launch of their party manifesto and announcement of the party’s final candidates.