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Ratu Inoke Kubuabola only previous MP in the Fiji First line-up
6:16 pm GMT+12, 21/09/2014, Fiji

Taveuni chief and Fiji First candidate, Ratu Inoke Kubuabola, will be the only previous Member of Parliament in the Fiji First line-up.
 
Kubuabola was elected to Parliament in 1992, 1994 and 1999 as a member of Sitiveni Rabuka's Soqosoqo Vakavulewa Ni Taukei (SVT).
 
He served as minister in three Rabuka governments - including the interim administration after the 1987 coup - and became Opposition Leader in 1999.
 
Kubuabola served as a minister under Laisenia Qarase in the Frank Bainimarama-appointed government after the 2000 coup.
 
SODEPLA, however, is likely to have four former MPs in its line-up and the National Federation Party will have a single member who has previously served in the legislature.
 
The SODEPLA former MPs are likely to be Ro Teimumu Kepa, Ratu Naiqama Lalabalavu, Dr Mere Samisoni and Ratu Suliano Matanitobua.
 
Meanwhile, based  on the current trend the National Federation Party will win seats in Parliament for the first time in 20 years.
 
The NFP last held seats in Parliament after winning 20 in the 1994 general election forced after members of Sitiveni Rabuka's SVT Government helped vote down the Budget.
 
In 1999, the NFP was decimated at the polls after helping Rabuka create a more ethnically inclusive constitution.
 
Prem Singh of the NFP did win a seat but this was later lost after a challenge in the Court of Disputed Returns.
 
The NFP polled 104,985 votes in 1999 and commanded 14.6 per cent of the ballots cast but took no seats.This year they managed only 27,066 votes and 5.5 per cent of the ballots - albeit under a different electoral system - but will take three seats.
 
Labour took 37 seats that year on the back of 231,946 votes or 32.2 per cent of the total ballots cast.
 
In 2014 Labour has managed a paltry 11,670 votes and 3.2 per cent of the ballots cast with no seat to show for their effort.

SOURCE: ISLANDS BUSINESS/PACNEWS


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