Parveen Bala

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Bala in May 2016

Parveen Kumar Bala is a Fijian politician who currently serves as Minister for Local Government, Urban Development, Housing and Environment, a position to which he was appointed following the general elections of 2014.[1] He previously served as Mayor of the Fijian town of Ba,[2] and subsequently as Special Administrator of Lautoka, Fiji.[3] He is a former President of the Fiji Local Government Association[4]

Pre-coup[edit]

Bala was first elected Mayor of Ba in 1996. He was re-elected unopposed by the town council on 28 October 2005, after leading his National Federation Party (NFP) to a landslide victory in the municipal elections held on 22 October, taking 14 of the 15 seats.

Bala attributed his victory to his policies and personnel. The NFP was, he claimed, the only political party promoting multiracialism and harmony, as evidenced by its multiracial slate of candidates. He accused the Fiji Labour Party of playing "gutter-level politics" in its unsuccessful campaign to oust him.

Bala was also an unsuccessful NFP candidate for the House of Representatives in the 2001 election. He polled 28 percent of the vote in the Ba East Indian Communal Constituency, a marginal improvement on Ram Lajendra's showing in the previous election of 1999. He made another attempt in the 2006 election; his vote dropped marginally, but by considerably less than that of most other NFP candidates in what was a bad year for the party.

On 7 December 2005, the NFP named Bala to a 3-member "negotiating cmmittee", charged with negotiating electoral pacts with other political parties for the parliamentary election due in 2006.

Parveen Bala is the only mayor in Fiji to have served for 12 years continuously.

Post-coup[edit]

Following the 2006 coup d'état, Bala was appointed Special Administrator of Lautoka.[3] The new Special Administrator for Ba (a non-elected position roughly analogous to mayor) is Arun Pravad.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "20-member Cabinet announced". FBC. 24 September 2014. Retrieved 24 September 2014. 
  2. ^ "Ba ex-mayor says Fiji municipal reform was expected". Radio New Zealand International. 2 February 2009. Retrieved 29 December 2010. 
  3. ^ a b "Bala is new Lautoka Special Administrator". Fiji Gold. 8 May 2010. Retrieved 28 December 2010. 
  4. ^ "Nasinu mayor wins". Fiji Times. 15 April 2007. Retrieved 28 December 2010. 
  5. ^ Felix Chaudhary (18 December 2010). "Timely gift for Ba town". Fiji Times. Retrieved 28 December 2010.