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Fiji Women’s Political Party ‘Ruled Out’ For Elections
Soqosoqo Vakamarama wants to focus on educating women

By Talebula Kate

SUVA, Fiji (Fiji Sun, Feb. 13, 2013) – Soqosoqo Vakamarama General Secretary Adi Finau Tabakaucoro has brushed aside reports of discussions about a new party for women contesting the 2014 general election.

A media report had said talks were underway to form an all-women’s political party to contest the elections.

Adi Finau said the Soqosoqo Vakamarama cannot have a political party and there was no such thing as forming a political party.

"Our only role is civic education for women on democracy, constitution, political decisions and leadership," Adi Finau said.

"We have started educating women in preparation for next year’s elections but it will up to them to decide which party they would like to join. All women qualified to vote in the general elections next year must be aware of what they should do and which parties they choose to vote for," she said.

"We are confident that when election time comes women around the country will be well-versed with what they should do."

Meanwhile, the former politician is indecisive about running for elections next year.

[PIR editor’s note: Adi Finau, however, has expressed the intention of Fiji’s Women’s Forum to seek representation in the yet-formed Constituent Assembly which will debate the new constitution.]

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