Tavua (Open Constituency, Fiji)

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Tavua 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 formed part of Ba Province in the western part 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).

In the 1999 election, Pravin Singh won with more than 50 percent of the primary vote; therefore, there was no redistribution of preferences.

1999[edit]

Candidate Political party Votes  %
Pravin Singh Fiji Labour Party (FLP) 6,803 50.22
Jone Naeqe Nakautoga Soqosoqo ni Vakavulewa ni Taukei (SVT) 2,603 19.21
Shiu Ram National Federation Party (NFP) 1,476 10.90
S. V. Krishna Reddy Party of National Unity (PANU) 1,289 9.52
Hansy Stino Peters Nationalist Vanua Tako Lavo Party (NVTLP) 1,146 8.46
Williame Bouwalu Christian Democratic Alliance (VLV) 230 1.70
Total 13,547 100.00

2001[edit]

Candidate Political party Votes
(primary)
 % Votes
(final)
 %
Pravin Singh Fiji Labour Party (FLP) 5,909 46.09 6,670 52.03
Narendra Reddy National Federation Party (NFP) 1,822 14.21 2,015 15.72
Waqa Iliveleti New Labour Unity Party (NLUP) 1,503 11.72 1,523 11.90
Selai Tayate Babacala Soqosoqo Duavata ni Lewenivanua (SDL) 1,357 10.59 1,390 10.84
Ratu Ovini Bokini Uqeuqe Soqosoqo ni Vakavulewa ni Taukei (SVT) 968 7.55 1,222 9.53
Kaminieli Tora Party of National Unity (PANU) 796 6.21 ... ...
S. V. Krishna Reddy Protector of Fiji (BKV) 465 3.63 ... ...
Total 12,820 100.00 12,820 100.00

2004 by election[edit]

This by-election was held on 16 January, following the death of sitting member, Pravin Singh

Candidate Political party Votes  %
Damodran Nair Fiji Labour Party (FLP) 5,997 51.32
Ratu Ovini Bokini Uqeuqe Soqosoqo Duavata ni Lewenivanua (SDL) 3309 28.32
Narendra Reddy National Federation Party (NFP) 1,865 15.96
Waqa Iliveleti Independent 171 1.46
Samu Kautoga Independent 145 1.24
Tevita Nakali Independent 152 1.30
Mohammed Janif Independent 47 0.40
Total 11,686 100.00

There were 36 polling stations within the constituency with 18,347 voters. Of these, 12,573 votes were cast with 887 invalid votes and 11,686 valid votes. Fifty percent plus one was required to win the seat in the first count that is, 5,844 votes.[1]

2006[edit]

Candidate Political party Votes  %
Damodran Nair Fiji Labour Party (FLP) 7,231 53.89
Semi Leiene Soqosoqo Duavata ni Lewenivanua (SDL) 4,069 30.32
Narendra Reddy National Federation Party (NFP) 1,723 12.84
Savenaca Tuwai Party of National Unity (PANU) 303 2.26
Koroinasau Ratu Semi National Alliance Party (NAPF) 92 0.69
Total 13,418 100.00

Sources[edit]

  1. ^ Labour in a Landslide Victory