Immigrants Join Political Jousting, Upcoming Elections

Political Jousting in General Election 2009

With the June Elections drawing nearer, political parties are showing more interest than ever in harnessing immigrants’ potential, as both candidates and voters.

The Four main parties: Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael, Labour and the Greens have selected candidates to stand. Together they have selected some 16 immigrants to stand.

The battle for a share of foreign nationals’ votes is being fought with the aid of Polish websites, multilingual leaflets and full-time migrant organizers.

In Mulhuddart, north Dublin, Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael have each selected a Nigerian candidate. Adeola Ogunsina is a petrol station manager in Mulhuddart and joined Fine Gael four years ago. He was drawn to the Fine Gael based on the party’s support of enterprise and small businesses.

Another candidate is and fellow rival from Fianna Fáil is Idowu Sulyman Olafimihan, who lives in nearby Clonee and runs his own security company.

Other candidates include Elena Secas of Labour, Anna Banko of Fianna Fáil and Tendai Madondo of the Green Party.

The STAR Team