12 Oct 2002

Fiji local elections are test for new political party

9:05 am on 12 October 2002

The newly formed Fiji Democratic Party will face its first test in municipal elections in the country's towns and cities today.

The Fiji Democratic Party, headed by veteran politician Filipe Bole, is in coalition with the National Federation Party, the United General Party and the Fijian Political Party.

Nearly 75 thousand voters have registered for the polls with the largest number, 33 thousand in Suva.

Among the smaller towns, Levuka has 612 voters and Tavua just 519.

A few councillors have been returned unopposed but counting of votes for the others will begin tonight and all results are expected to be known by tomorrow morning.