The National Farmers Union retained its majority support in the cane belt winning 22 of the 38 seats contested in the Sugar Cane Growers Council elections on Saturday, 24 April.
It had increased its support by one seat compared to the last results while its rival, the NFP-backed Fiji Cane Growers Association managed only fourteen seats, down two seats from the previous elections. The remaining two seats went to independent candidates.
National Farmers Union polled 52 per cent of all votes cast compared to the Fiji Cane Growers Association’s 42 per cent
The Sugar Cane Growers Council election is held every three years to elect 38 councillors and the Government nominates eight councillors to make up the 46-member council.
The eight members to be nominated by the Government and the two independent candidates hold the balance of power. The appointment of the Board of the council, its chairman and the chief executive will be decided after the government representatives are named.