Fiji's former SDL party to register under new name

Fiji's former SDL party to register under new name

Fiji's former SDL party to register under new name

Updated 27 February 2013, 21:08 AEST

Fiji's former SDL Party has attempted to register itself under a new name and acronym SODELPA, which stands for the Social Democratic Liberal Party.

Under the new political parties decree, the party was not allowed to keep its original Fijian name or use the initials of previous parties, including SDL.

The leader of the proposed party, Dr Tupeni Baba, told Radio Australia's Pacific Beat he is confident the party will be registered.

"We are following the decree to the letter to make sure that we will be registered," he said.

"I believe that in the name that we've chosen and the abbreviation we have chosen for the proposed party we will be able to succeed."

The party formally lodged its application for registration on Tuesday, presenting the electoral office with a list of 8000 members, which is 3000 more than required under the decree.

Dr Baba said support was still strong for the party among the people of Fiji.

"SODELPA's constitution is very broad-base, it's multicultural, multiracial and it articulates many of those social democratic values and also some of the liberal values," he said.