FijiFirst announces 20 provisional candidates


Fiji’s ruling party,FijiFirst has introduced its first batch of 20 proposed candidates for the 2022 General Election.

The lineup includes former Republic of Fiji Military Forces Commander Viliame Naupoto, former Land Transport Authority CEO Naisa Tuinaceva, former journalist Aliki Bia and former Police Chief and High Commissioner Iowane Naivalarua.

The other proposed candidates are lawyer Ratu Josefa Niudamu, Sugar Cane Growers councilor from Vanua Levu Mohammed Rafiq, Social Worker Zarina Begum Reece, former teachers Elaine Veena Chandra, and Vereniki Sauturaga, former Assistant Roko Tui of Lau and Namosi, Watisoni Raikadroka, former senior lecturer Hem Chand, dentist Penioni Ravunawa, former General Manager Operations of Fiji Pine Asesela Cokanacagi, former senior officer of the Social Welfare Department, Iferemi Sowata, former Police Sergeant Penijamini Vukivou, former Police officer, Jacob Abraham, former Assistant Principal and Secretary of the Sanatan Dharm Rewa Branch Shalen Kumar, President of the Fiji Disabled Persons Association and former teacher, Peniasi Rawaidranu , Executive Director of Smart Farms, Rinesh Sharma and commercial farmer Meleti Raimuria.

Meanwhile, The People’s Alliance headquarters in Suva was served with a search warrant by the Fiji Independent Commission against Corruption Wednesday.

Deputy Leader, Manoa Kamikamica said the warrant was for the seizure of party receipts and other documents relating to the sale of party merchandise.

Kamikamica says under the advice of party lawyers, he as the deputy party leader cooperated with FICAC officers who left with the documents.

He said this happened just a few hours after the leader, Sitiveni Rabuka was asked to visit the FICAC office for questioning and subsequently, provisional candidates.