Hot on the heels of a fiery speech by the new SODELPA leader, Ro Teimumu Kepa, Coup 4.5 is today able to release the names of potential candidates for the September elections.
SODELPA had earlier this year put out an advertisement calling for people to apply. We are told close to 200 applications were received and from there came a shortlist of 69 candidates.
Under the current arrangement, Fiji’s new parliament will have just 50 seats so the party will have to cull 19.
Key points to note: Tui Cakau Rt Naiqama Lalabalavu’s name is on the list, just five Indians have applied, Mick Beddoes, whose GVP party is now defunct, is an applicant as is youth leader, Pita Waqavonovono.
George Shiu Raj (Former MP)
Nanise Nagusuca (Former MP)
Emosi Toga (Former NLTB Employee)
Isimeli Bainimara (Former Diplomat, Sacked in 2007 in Clean-Up campaign)
Pio Tabaiwalu (Sodelpa GS)
Losena Salabula (Former MP)
Ratu Save Komaisavai (Lawyer)
Ro Teimumu Kepa
Tomasi Vakatora (Former ATH CEO)
Ratu Tuakitau Cokanauto
Niko Nawaikula (Lawyer)
Savenaca Narube (Former RBF Governor)
Ratu Yavala R
Rt Inoke Bokini (Tavua Chief)
Rt Vili Qomate
Rt Sela Nanovo
Filimoni Vosarogo (Lawyer)
Colonel Saimoni Vatu (Left RFMF before 2006 coup)
Rt Peni Volavola (Former Suva mayor)
Rt Isoa Tikoca (Re-called PNG High Commissioner)
Parayame Cakacaka (Retired Teacher)
Ratu Jone Bouwalu
Albert Miller (Sports Administrator)
Joe Rodan (Carlton Brewary Executive)
Maciu Bolaitamana (Travel Agent)
Epeli Lagiloa (Rugby Coach)
Tevita Koroi (Former FTA President)
Tukana Bavoro (Sacked FBD MD)