Indian Origin Candidates for Victorian State Election 2014

Indian Origin Candidates for Victorian State Election 2014

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The Victorian State election is scheduled on 29th November 2014. The incumbent Liberal National Coalition Government led by Dennis Napthine is challenged by Labor Party led by Daniel Andrews. The say nothing – Do nothing tenure of Ted Baillieu has definitely damaged the Coalitions chances of winning the election. This election is notable for the number of Indian origin candidates. Indians here, must make it a point to use their voting rights wisely without being influenced by the considerations of cast, creed or ethnicity. It is important to elect deserving candidates, not blinded by racial considerations.

We tried our best to provide concise information about the candidates. Deliberately excluding generalised information like worked for charity organisations, Helped new migrants settle in Australia and involved in many community activities helping people along the way.

Victoria has compulsory voting and uses preferential ballot in single-member seats for the Legislative Assembly, and single transferable vote in multi-member seats for the proportionally represented Legislative Council. The election will be conducted by the Victorian Electoral Commission (VEC).

Here is a list of Indian Origin Candidates contesting Victorian State Elections 2014


Candidates for the Lower House


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Nihal Samara, Liberal for Altona

Nihal Samara

Nihal Samara grew up in Footscray where he lived with his family. After high school Nihal went on to complete a Bachelor of Science, Masters of Public Health and Juris Doctor (Laws) at Monash University. Nihal has worked for a number of local charities and is currently the General Counsel & Legal Director of Kaizen Synergy. With the support of his wife Monique and his family, Nihal believes that he has the skills, experience and dedication to represent the Local people.

Nihal Contested the 2013 Federal Election for the seat of Lalor and lost to Joanne Ryanne of Labor Party.

Election Results Altona  – Trends

Name –  Party – Count – %

HENNESSY, Jill – ALP – 11248 — 53.53%
SAMARA, Nihal – LP – 6295 – 29.96%
DE BONO, Chris – GRN – 2186 – 10.40%
HIABU, Jemal – VFW – 497 – 02.37%
O’NEILL, Anthony – CHR – 456 – 02.17%
NAIN, Brijender – IND – 332 – 01.58%


Amita Gill, Liberal for Bundoora


Amita Gill

Amita Gill CEO of Victorian Institute of Culinary Arts and Technology emigrated from India in 2006. Amita was actively involved in lobbying for Educational providers of Indian Origin. Amita’s late father was a Brigadier in the Indian Army and was the first recipient of the sword of honour in independent India. She worked as a Primary School Teacher in India before migrating to Australia.

Election Results – Trends – Bundoora

Candidate – Party – Count – %
BROOKS, Colin – ALP – 10846 – 52.81%
GILL, Amita – LP – 6800 – 33.11%
STANYON, Clement – GRN – 2143 – 10.43%
WIDDOWSON, James – FF – 750 – 03.65%


Gandhi Bevinakoppa, Liberal for Clarinda


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Gandhi Bevinakoppa, CEO of Koppa Engineering and Bev Plastics, has migrated to Australia in 1990 from India. He is an office bearer of his local Rotary Club and has been active in the Federation of Indian Associations of Victoria. Gandhi is a successful entrepreneur and a role model for Indians in Australia. Gandhi Bevinakoppa unsuccessfully contested the Kingston City Council elections in 2012.

Election Results for Clarinda

Candidate – Party – Count – %
LIM, Hong – ALP – 11150 – 55.00%
BEVINAKOPPA, Gandhi – LP – 5782 – 28.52%
TALBOT-KAMOEN, James – GRN – 2110 – 10.41%
VASSILIOU, Melanie – RUP – 705 – 03.48%
MARINIS, James – IND – 527 – 02.60%


George Varughese, Liberal for Mill Park


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George Varughese is the liberal Party Candidate for the Labor safe seat of Mill Park. George Varughese unsuccessfully contested the Whittlesea Council elections in 2012.

Election Results – Trends – Mill Park

Candidate – Party – Count – %
D’AMBROSIO, Lily – ALP – 10241 – 61.25%
VARUGHESE, George – LP – 4343- 25.97%
GRAHAM, Jeremy- GRN – 1152 – 06.89%
SIMMONS, Peter – FF – 984 – 05.89%


Dinesh Gourisetty, Liberal for Tarneit


Dinesh Gourisetti

Dinesh Gourisetty from Hyderabad  is one of the proprietors of Spice Zone in Footscray. He is actively involved with the Telugu Association of Australia. Dinesh unsuccessfully contested Wyndham City Council Elections in 2012.

Election Results – Trends – Tarneit

Candidate – Party – Count – %
LANGUILLER, Telmo – ALP – 5942 – 45.55%
GOURISETTY, Dinesh – LP – 3649 – 27.97%
WARING, Rohan – GRN – 1196 – 09.17%
SYED, Abdul Mujeeb – VFW – 479 – 03.67%
BAGUOT, Lem- CHR – 413 – 03.17%
BAUCH, Joh – IND – 356 – 02.73%
ALI, Safwat – IND – 317 – 02.43%
GOVENDER, Seelan – FF – 290 – 02.22%
FRANCIS, Clement- RUP -204- 01.56%-
LOI, Chin- IND- 200- 01.53%


Phulvinderjit Grewal, Liberal for Yuroke


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Phulvinderjit immigrated to Australia nearly 20 years ago and worked as a Taxi Driver before starting his own taxi business. He was the past President of the Sikh Temple in Craigieburn and the current President of the Punjab Cultural Centre in Melbourne.

Election Results – Trends for Yuroke

Candidate – Party- Count- %
SPENCE, Ros- ALP – 7266- 50.84%
GREWAL, Phulvinderjit- LP- 3456- 24.18%
HIRMIZ, Imad- CHR- 1448- 10.13%
ABBOUD, Natalie – GRN- 793- 05.55%
WILKINS, Mick- IND- 686- 04.80%
LE NEPVEU, Rodney- FF- 644 – 04.51%


Nitin Gursahani Liberal for Thomas Town


Nitin Gursahani

Nitin Gursahani Proprietor of a liquor store is also involved in property development is trying his luck at the safe Labor seat of Thomas Town.

Election Results – Trends for Thomas Town

Candidate – Party – Count- %
HALFPENNY, Bronwyn- ALP- 11265 -67.36%
GURSAHANI, Nitin- LP- 2669- 15.96%
SCHNEIDER-JOHNSON, Trent- FF- 1118- 06.69%
Di PALMA, Thomas- IND- 886- 05.30%
WILLIAMSON, Ian- GRN- 786 – 04.70%


Tarun Singh, Liberal for Werribee


 Tarun Singh

Tarun Singh is an IT Professional.

Election Results – Trends for Werribbee

Candidate – Party- Count- %
PALLAS, Tim – ALP- 10456- 58.60%
SINGH, Tarun- LP- 4814- 26.98%
SHEFFIELD-BROTHERTON, Bro- GRN- 1606- 09.00%
OKUMU, Anne- CHR- 533- 02.99%
TRAN, Nhan Hoang- VFW- 434- 02.43%


Sanjay Nathan, Labor for Bass


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We could not find any background information about Sanjay Nathan.

Election Results – Trends for Bass

Candidate – Party- Count- %
PAYNTER, Brian- LP- 5833- 46.30%
NATHAN, Sanjay- ALP- 3543- 28.12%
LE SERVE, Clare- IND- 1460- 11.59%
FAIRHURST, Ross- GRN- 1103- 08.75%
AMOR, David- ACA- 320- 02.54%
REID, Paul – CHR- 192 -01.52%
DORIAN, Angela- RUP -148 – 01.17%


Jude Perera for Cranebourne


Jude Perera

A l ong-standing local MP,Sri Lankan born, Mr Perera, who has held the seat for the past 12 years has the advantage of incumbency and has had years to build his brand. He recorded his third consecutive victory in 2010, but his margin slumped to a skinny 1.8 per cent after preferences and he suffered a massive 12.6 per cent drop in his primary vote.

Election Results – Trends – Cranebourne

Candidate – Party – Count -%
PERERA, Jude – ALP- 8682 – 45.38%
ABLETT, Geoff- LP- 7641- 39.94%
NAYAK, Nagaraj- GRN- 814- 04.26%
ELI, Jonathan Willie- RUP- 503- 02.63%
GRAHAM, Laith- SXP- 472- 02.47%
KEENAN, Pamela- FF- 442- 02.31%
MICHAEL, Rania- CHR- 297- 01.55%
BLAKE, Rosemary- IND- 279- 01.46%

Indian Origin Independent Candidates for Victorian State Elections 2014


white2 Ali Safwat Independent for Tarneit

 ALI SAFWAT

We could not get any information about Ali Safwat

Election Results – Trends – Tarneit

Candidate – Party – Count – %
LANGUILLER, Telmo – ALP – 5942 – 45.55%
GOURISETTY, Dinesh – LP – 3649 – 27.97%
WARING, Rohan – GRN – 1196 – 09.17%
SYED, Abdul Mujeeb – VFW – 479 – 03.67%
BAGUOT, Lem- CHR – 413 – 03.17%
BAUCH, Joh – IND – 356 – 02.73%
ALI, Safwat – IND – 317 – 02.43%
GOVENDER, Seelan – FF – 290 – 02.22%
FRANCIS, Clement- RUP -204- 01.56%-
LOI, Chin- IND- 200- 01.53%


Chandra Ojha Independent for Bentleigh


Chandra Ojha

Chandra Ojha is a first generation migrant who was born in the Indian state of Rajasthan. He is an IT professional.


Abdul Mujeeb Syed, Voice for the West for Tarneit


Abdul Mujeeb Sayed

Abdul Mujeeb hails from Hyderabad and is the president of HAAMI Inc an association for expats from Hyderabad. He is an accountant by profession. He is a candidate for the newly formed Voice for the West Party

Election Results – Trends – Tarneit

Candidate – Party – Count – %
LANGUILLER, Telmo – ALP – 5942 – 45.55%
GOURISETTY, Dinesh – LP – 3649 – 27.97%
WARING, Rohan – GRN – 1196 – 09.17%
SYED, Abdul Mujeeb – VFW – 479 – 03.67%
BAGUOT, Lem- CHR – 413 – 03.17%
BAUCH, Joh – IND – 356 – 02.73%
ALI, Safwat – IND – 317 – 02.43%
GOVENDER, Seelan – FF – 290 – 02.22%
FRANCIS, Clement- RUP -204- 01.56%-
LOI, Chin- IND- 200- 01.53%


Shashi Turner, Voice for the West for Kororoit


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Shashi Turner, a mental health nurse at Sunshine Hospital, will stand as a candidate for the newly formed Voice for the West Party. She migrated to Australia 30 years ago. Shashi was born in Bangalore, India, married a Scottish Australian, and lives in Caroline Springs.


Gurmender Grewal, Australian Christians for Ivanhoe


Gurmender-Grewal

Gurmender Grewal is an IT Professional.

 Candidates for Upper House


Amandeep Rosha, Liberal for Northern Metropolitan Region


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An assistant accountant by profession Amandeep Rosha is a member of Akali Dal Australia.


Moti Visa , Liberal for South Eastern Metropolitan Region


Moti Visa

 

Moti Visa is the editor of Local Indian Newspaper BEYOND INDIA.

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