28 Apr 2022

Fiji election polls point to another tight election race

From , 6:01 am on 28 April 2022

A Fijian academic says political polls in the country point to another tight contest for the upcoming elections.

Campaigning is underway in Fiji although an election date has yet to be officially announced.

The ruling Fiji First Party led by Frank Bainimarama secured victory at the last election in 2018 with the slimmest of margins over his rival Sitiveni Rabuka who contested under the Sodelpa Party.

Political polls in Fiji since that election have shown a downwards trend in the popularity of the dominant Fiji First Party. 

Joining me is Fijian academic professor Steven Ratuva who is now the director of the MacMillan Brown Centre of Pacific Studies at the University of Canterbury here in New Zealand.

Voters braving the wet conditions to vote in Suva

Voters braving the wet conditions to vote in Suva Photo: RNZ Pacific / Kelvin Anthony