West Central (General Electors Communal Constituency, Fiji)

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West Central General Communal is a former electoral division of Fiji, one of 3 communal constituencies reserved for General Electors, an omnibus category including Caucasians, Chinese, and all others whose ethnicity was neither indigenous Fijian nor Indo-Fijian. 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 68 seats, 43 were reserved for other ethnic communities and 25, called Open Constituencies, were elected by universal suffrage).

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 %
David Pickering United General Party (UGP) 2,392 54.07
Kenneth Low Independent
(General Voters Party)
1,123 25.38
Arthur Jennings Coalition of Independent Nationals (COIN) 909 20.55
Total 4,424 100.00

2001[edit]

Candidate Political party Votes %
Mick Beddoes United General Party (UGP) 2,178 55.13
Kelepi Covimaidrano Abariga Soqosoqo Duavata ni Lewenivanua (SDL) 909 23.01
Rollan Lilo General Voters Party (GVP) 739 18.70
Andrew Blake Soqosoqo ni Vakavulewa ni Taukei (SVT) 125 3.16
Total 3,951 100.00

2006[edit]

Candidate Political party Votes %
Mick Beddoes United Peoples Party (UGP) 2,234 50.47
Pateresio Nunu Polania Soqosoqo Duavata ni Lewenivanua (SDL) 1,651 37.30
Noel Iupasi Tofinga National Alliance Party (NAPF) 453 10.23
Vula Tawake Shaw Soqosoqo Duavata ni Lewenivanua (SDL) 54 1.22
Anaseini Tuineau Henry National Alliance Party (NAPF) 34 0.77
Total 4,426 100.00

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