Suva based lawyer Rajendra Pal Chaudhry and Kitione Vuataki have suffered a crushing defeat at the hands of veteran lawyer Dorsami Naidu for the Presidency of the Fiji Law Society.
The Society had 375 members before its powers and functions of being a regulatory authority was stripped by the dictatorship regime in May following the abrogation of the Constitution.
Sources have confirmed that Rajendra Chaudhy received only 22 votes while Vuataki fared only slightly better with 27 votes.
R P Chaudhry had launched a vigorous campaign to snatch the leadership of the Society and had given media interviews, circulated his manifesto to lawyers via e-mail and also personally campaigned amongst lawyers.
He was banking on majority support after his nomination was signed by senior lawyers Hemendra Nagin and Subhash Parshottam of Suva.
Kitione Vuataki had hoped for support amongst Fijian lawyers who make up more than half of the Law Society's membership.
Regime sympathisers, Ba based lawyer Adish Narayan and former Society President Chen Bunn Young had vigorously campaigned for support for Vuataki, according to sources.
But Dorsami Naidu received considerable support from Fijian lawyers and he attributed this to his principled stand against the interim regime.
The Annual General Meeting of the Society had to be called off after police cancelled a permit that it had issued to the Society.
But voting went ahead for electing office bearers for the ensuing year.