World Video | Defence | Foreign Affairs | Natural Events | Trade | NZ in World News | NZ National News Video | NZ Regional News | Search


Labour Set To Scoop Indian Seats In West

By ANISH CHAND: September 4, 2001 Wansolwara Online (USP)

SUVA (Pasifik Nius): The Fiji Labour Party looks set to scoop all the Indian communal seats in the western division with two unofficial and five declared wins in the general election so far today.

The deposed Assistant Minister for Home Affairs Gaffar Ahmed won his Ba West Indian communal seat, defeating renowned Ba businessman Vinod Patel of the National Federation Party.

Ahmed polled 5538 votes and was happy with the outcome.

"I have to thank everyone who supported me and also those who didn't vote for me. I would like to work for everyone now that I am elected," Ahmed said on Fiji TV.

"I will be attending our caucus meeting tomorrow where we will plan how to form the next government."

Lekh Ram Vayeshnoi won the Nadroga Indian Communal polling 5856 votes against Dhuruv Sharma of NFP who polled 1986 votes.

In the Nadi Urban Indian Communal seat Amjad Ali pulled in 6169 votes while closest rival Dorami Naidu of NFP recieved 2649 votes.

Unofficial results at the Western counting centre put two other seats in Labour's favour.

Daniel Urai is the favourite to grap the Lautoka City Open seat, while Gunasagaran Goundar is tipped to be declared the winner for the Nadi Rural Indian communal seat.

Meanwhile, the United General Party's Mick Beddoes had his longtime dream fulfilled after he won the Western-Central General communal seat.

After three unsuccessful attempts at elections, Beddoes polled 2178 votes to defeat Kelepi Abariga of the SDL (909), Rollan Lilo of the General Voters Party (739) and SVT's Andrew Blake (125).


© Scoop Media

World Headlines


Gordon Campbell: Is This Guy The World’s Most Dangerous Thirtysomething?

Saudi Arabia has long been regarded as a pillar of stability in the Middle East, and is the essential caterer to the West’s fossil fuel needs. It is also the country that gave us Osama Bin Laden, al Qaeda, and 15 of the 19 terrorists who carried out the 9/11 attacks... More>>


Non-Binding Postal Vote: Australia Says Yes To Same Sex Marriage

Binoy Kampmark: Out of 150 federal seats, 133 registered affirmative totals in returning their response to the question “Should the law be changed to allow same-sex couples to marry?”. More>>


Bonn Climate Change Conference: Protecting Health In Small Island States

The vision is that, by 2030, all Small Island Developing States will have health systems that are resilient to climate change and countries around the world will be reducing their carbon emissions both to protect the most vulnerable from climate risks and deliver large health benefits in carbon-emitting countries. More>>


Camp Shut Down: Refugees Must Be Rescued From Manus

On 31st October 2017, the detention centre on Manus Island in which the Australian Government has been holding more than 700 refugees was closed, leaving those living there in a desperate situation. More>>



Rohingya Muslims Massacred: Restrictions On Aid Put 1000s At Risk

Amnesty: The Myanmar authorities’ restrictions on international aid in Rakhine state is putting tens of thousands of lives at risk in a region where mainly Rohingya people are already suffering horrific abuses from a disproportionate military campaign. More>>


  • Pacific.Scoop
  • Cafe Pacific
  • PMC