Lautoka City (Indian Communal Constituency, Fiji)

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Lautoka City 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 City of Lautoka, in the west of the main island of Viti Levu.

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 %
Ganeshwar Chand Fiji Labour Party (FLP) 6,146 61.34
Jagannath Sami National Federation Party (NFP) 3,720 37.13
Mohammed Rauf Khan Party of National Unity (PANU) 153 1.53
Total 10,019 100.00

2001[edit]

Candidate Political party Votes %
Ganeshwar Chand Fiji Labour Party (FLP) 5,899 72.53
Faiaaz Ali National Federation Party (NFP) 1,880 23.11
Hasmukh Chauhan New Labour Unity Party 319 3.92
Beni Sami Germit Heritage Party (GHP) 36 0.44
Total 8,134 100.00

2006[edit]

Candidate Political party Votes %
Jai Gawander Fiji Labour Party (FLP) 7,629 79.89
Rakesh Kumar National Federation Party (NFP) 1,590 16.65
Rosemary Santanji National Alliance Party (NAPF) 172 1.80
Azizul Dean Soqosoqo Duavata ni Lewenivanua (SDL) 158 1.65
Total 9,549 100.00

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