Ba West (Indian Communal Constituency, Fiji)

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Ba West Indian Communal is a former electoral division of Fiji, one of 19 communal constituencies reserved for Indo-Fijians. Established by the 1997 Constitution, it came into being in 1999 and was used for the parliamentary elections of 1999, 2001, and 2006. (Of the remaining 52 seats, 27 were reserved for other ethnic communities and 25, called Open Constituencies, were elected by universal suffrage). The electorate covered the western part of Ba Province.

The 2013 Constitution promulgated by the Military-backed interim government abolished all constituencies and established a form of proportional representation, with the entire country voting as a single electorate.

Election results[edit]

In the following tables, the primary vote refers to first-preference votes cast. The final vote refers to the final tally after votes for low-polling candidates have been progressively redistributed to other candidates according to pre-arranged electoral agreements (see electoral fusion), which may be customized by the voters (see instant run-off voting).

1999[edit]

Candidate Political party Votes %
Ami Chand Fiji Labour Party (FLP) 5,545 65.58
Vinod Patel National Federation Party (NFP) 2,910 34.42
Total 8,455 100.00

2001[edit]

Candidate Political party Votes %
Gaffar Ahmed Fiji Labour Party (FLP) 5,538 70.56
Vinod Patel National Federation Party (NFP) 2,164 27.57
Keshwan Nair New Labour Unity Party (NLUP) 147 1.87
Total 7,849 100.00

2006[edit]

Candidate Political party Votes %
Narendra Kumar Padarath Fiji Labour Party (FLP) 7,229 87.31
Farouk Janeman National Federation Party (NFP) 870 10.51
Maden Sen Soqosoqo Duavata ni Lewenivanua (SDL) 180 2.17
Total 8,279 100.00

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