Lami (Open Constituency, Fiji)

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Lami Open is a former electoral division of Fiji, one of 25 open constituencies that were elected by universal suffrage (the remaining 46 seats, called communal constituencies, were allocated by ethnicity). Established by the 1997 Constitution, it came into being in 1999 and was used for the parliamentary elections of 1999, 2001, and 2006. It covered the Town of Lami, in the greater Suva metropolitan area.

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
(primary)
% Votes
(final)
%
Michael Columbus Fiji Labour Party (FLP) 2,349 19.02 6,940 56.20
Mere Tuisalolo Samisoni Soqosoqo ni Vakavulewa ni Taukei (SVT) 4,249 34.41 5,409 43.80
Lute Taoba Powell Fijian Association Party (FAP) 2,025 16.40 ... ...
Serupepeli Dakai Christian Democratic Alliance (VLV) 1524 12.34 ... ...
Viliame Savu Nationalist Vanua Tako Lavo Party (NVTLP) 786 6.36 ... ...
William James Trail United General Party 539 4.36 ... ...
Elenoa Ligairi Sikivou Christian Democratic Alliance (VLV) 355 2.87 ... ...
Jagdish Pratap Independent 237 1.92 ... ...
Emosi Sili Independent 202 1.64 ... ...
Mirza Namrud Buksh Independent 83 0.67 ... ...
Total 12,349 100.00 12,349 100.00

2001[edit]

Candidate Political party Votes
(primary)
% Votes
(final)
%
Kaliopate Tavola Soqosoqo Duavata ni Lewenivanua (SDL) 5,454 45.99 6,515 54.93
William T. McGoon Fiji Labour Party (FLP) 1,952 16.46 2,036 17.17
Militoni Leweniqila Conservative Alliance (CAMV) 1,624 13.69 1,902 16.04
Mere Tuisalalo Samisoni Soqosoqo ni Vakavulewa ni Taukei (SVT) 1,023 8.63 ... ...
Posiano Nauku New Labour Unity Party (NLUP) 731 6.16 ... ...
Isimeli Jale Cokanasiga Fijian Association Party (FAP) 423 3.57 1,407 11.86
Vijay Nand National Federation Party 363 3.06 ... ...
Viliame Savu Nationalist Vanua Tako Lavo Party (NVTLP) 114 0.96 ... ...
Fereti Seru Dewa Dodonu ni Taukei (DNT) 101 0.85 ... ...
Emosi Sili Independent 62 0.52 ... ...
Mirza Namrud Buksh Independent 13 0.11 ... ...
Total 11,860 100.00 11,860 100.00

2006[edit]

Candidate Political party Votes %
Mere Tuisalosalo Samisoni Soqosoqo Duavata ni Lewenivanua (SDL) 7,664 55.82
Filimoni Lacanivalu Fiji Labour Party (FLP) 2,260 16.46
Esaroma Ledua Independent 1,474 10.74
Jasper Singh Independent 1,087 7.92
Benjamin Wainiqolo Padarath National Alliance Party (NAPF) 681 4.96
Lionel Danford United Peoples Party (UPP) 303 2.21
Vilikesa Rauca National Alliance Party (NAPF) 168 1.22
Viliame Savu Nationalist Vanua Tako Lavo Party (NVTLP) 57 0.42
Eroni Ratuwalesi Independent 36 0.26
Total 13,730 100.00

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