Resolutions of the SODELPA Working Committee which met on Wednesday 13th May
14 May 2020
This statement is issued by the Leader of Opposition and Party Leader of the Social Democratic Liberal Party, Hon. Major-General (Ret’d) Sitiveni Ligamamada Rabuka regarding the resolutions of the Working Committee meeting held 11.00am-3.00pm on Wednesday 13th May 2020.
As Party Leader, I attended the meeting of Working Committee of the Management Board held yesterday Wednesday 13th of May. The meeting was chaired by SODELPA Vice President Vijay Singh online via the zoom meeting platform since he is currently in Australia and unable to travel to Fiji due to COVID-19 travel restrictions in both Fiji and Australia.
The intention for the meeting was to agree on the date, logistics, venue and agenda of the next Management Board Meeting as required by the Supervisor of Elections. It was agreed that the Management Board meeting is tentatively scheduled for the 23rd of May 2020 awaiting further consultation with the relevant authorities whether the Board can be convened as a “workplace” meeting, in view of the COVID-19 restriction on gatherings involving more than twenty people. The tentative date can be changed according to the ruling of the authorities.
In addition, the committee discussed and voted by majority, on a resolution to be tabled to the Management Board, regarding the position of the General Secretary, Adi Litia Qionibaravi. The working committee agreed that this resolution will be tabled at the next Management Board.
In view of this decision, the Working Committee resolved that Hon. Adi Litia Qionibaravi will remain the General Secretary and due process will be undertaken by the Management Board, in accordance with the SODELPA constitution.
In addition, the Committee resolved to recommend to the Management Board the name of Mr. Vijay Singh as Acting Party President. The Committee will also recommend the names of Ratu Jone Seniloli and Gina Pareti-Rawalai to the Board to appoint as acting Vice Presidents until the next Annual General Assembly where vacant positions will be filled.
There are three Party Vice President positions, and Mr. Vijay Singh’s two year term expires at the end of June 2020, as he was first elected at the AGM held in Lautoka in June 2018. In addition, the Committee recommended that the Management Board consider the former Treasurer, Ms. Ruci Karuru to act in the position of SODELPA National Treasurer.
I urge the SODELPA Family, including financial members, voters and supporters to remain calm and allow due process to take its course. Let us remain united, we will get through these challenges, if we talk about our challenges, and commit to move forward in achieving our, towards our primary objective of changing government by winning elections in 2022.
“Meda tudei tiko, masu tiko, veitauriliga, ka veilomani.”
Hon. Major-General (Ret’d) Sitiveni Ligamamada Rabuka Leader of Opposition & Party Leader, Social Democratic Liberal Party