|Korovou: Demise of NYP not fully explained.|
The National Youth Party (NYP), which has been campaigning for the election for more than a year, is now preparing to be wound down and to join forces with a new party, after confusion over its status.
NYP and its leader, Nayagodamu Korovou, have been on the radar for some time, as the biggest group representing youth, touting itself as a real contender.
On April 16, it reported to local media it had 5,000 signatures and would register on April 25.
Early last month, it again told media it would go to the polls alone and 'we can beat the other parties, including the proposed Fiji First.'
This week media stories cited the party was changing its name for 'legal' reasons with Korovou quoted as saying: "We can't use 'youth' name under the 2013 Constitution because of the segregation issue.
"But we have a level playing ground now after registering the proposed FUFP on May 23."
If using 'youth' was a breach, why has it taken so long for that to be established?
C4.5 understands the sudden change is due to the 'confusion' over whether NYP is a new party or a previously registered party, the same difficulty experienced by the original Fiji First aka Germit Heritage Party, whose name was claimed by Frank Bainimarama.
Sources say the National Youth Party applied for registration in 2009 and believed it was gazetted since its application was filed and objections were heard.
But they say the party was recently made aware its application lapsed as a result of the decision by Frank Bainimarama and Aiyaz Sayed Khaiyum to abrogate the Constitution.
It's understood NYP is scheduled to be wound down today (Monday).
C4.5 also understands Korovou, who at one stage asked Bainimarama to lead their party, changed tack to try and adopt a political stance that reflected wider representation instead of just youth, hence the decision to hook up with Sri Lankan national, Jagath Karunaratne.
|USP LETTER: Jone accused of 'associating in political agendas.'|
Unlike Korovou, Anit Singh and the original Fiji First party intend to re-register, after being told by the Registrar of Political Parties, Mohammed Saneem, Bainimarama's party, Fiji 1st, is a variation and has therefor not stolen its name.
The Fiji United Freedom Party applied for registration on May 23 and is waiting to be formally registered.
Meanwhile a survey by the Citizens Constitutional Forum says youth are eager to participate in the upcoming general elections.
|Scholarship reinstated: Roshika Deo and Tamani Jone.|
SODELPA Youth President, Pita Waqavonovono, says the "youth of Fiji are not stupid, they have seen their youth leaders tortured, blacklisted from consultative forums, put on travel bans and they remember the times when dissension was forced underground.
"Freedom cannot be bred overnight, you need to show a Free and Fair political and elections process that won’t just promote and favor the Fiji First agenda."
The Scholarship and Loans Board has meanwhile reinstated the scholarship of Tamani Jone, after blasting the USP Commerce student for being politically involved in the campaign of Independent candidate, Roshika Deo.
The Board now says the initial information it was given and the resulting recommendation from USP were 'incorrect.'