Voters raise question on Rabuka tick

SODELPA leader Sitiveni Rabuka greets the crowd at a Lautoka rally. Picture FELIX CHAUDHARY/FILE

A QUESTION on whether it is advisable for people to tick Sitiveni Rabuka’s candidate number during pre-poll was raised during a Social Democratic Liberal Party campaign meeting on Monday night.

Mr Rabuka is awaiting a High Court ruling on an appeal by the Fiji Independent Commission Against Corruption after the former prime minister was acquitted by the Suva Magistrates Court of electoral offence charges last month.

The ruling will be handed down by Chief Justice Anthony Gates next Monday.

Villagers on the island of Bau questioned SODELPA candidates Jone Seniloli and former iTaukei Land Trust Board general manager Alipate Qetaki about voting for the party leader.

Mr Seniloli said voters could tick Mr Rabuka’s number, but it was also important to note that Mr Rabuka’s votes would be deemed invalid if he was convicted by the court.

He said during the said time, it would be impossible for the party to advise its supporters on its next move.

Mr Seniloli said the period was termed as the “blackout period” and individuals and political parties would not be allowed to conduct any political meetings or advisory.

It was then concluded in the meeting that it would be advisable for people on the island to tick Mr Seniloli’s candidate number.

It was also highlighted that SODELPA was the first party to visit the island and conduct its campaign meetings.

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