CAMPAIGN – Stricter rules to raise standards, says PM
ROSI DOVIVERATA and AQELA SUSU
The Prime Minister and FijiFirst party leader Rear Admiral (Retired) Voreqe Bainimarama last night revealed why there were stricter requirements imposed on aspiring political parties to be registered under the Political Parties Decree.
Mr Bainimarama said this was to reduce the number of political parties and attract credible people to serve in Parliament.
“Many of you may have seen that many laws have been put in place and one of which is the laws of the election, this is because we want to uphold the standard and the calibre of people who enter into politics in parliament.”
He said people might have also seen that during previous elections there were more parties, however, in this election there were only six that would be contesting the September poll.
He said many election laws had been endorsed and tabled to uphold the standard and discussions in parliament.
Mr Bainimarama led a party delegation consisting of the party’s general secretary Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, party president Dr Jiko Luveni and member Timoci Natuva to a campaign meeting at the Dreketi District School at Nakorovou village in Rewa yesterday.
He also reminded the people of the Dreketi district to change their mindset and move to a modern Fiji.