Judiciary

Application to strike out NFP’s suspension case refused

The Suva High Court has refused an application to strike out an appeal case regarding the National Federation Party’s (NFP) suspension earlier this year. The case was called before Justice, Lyone Seneviratne. The court heard that the initial strike out application was filed by the  Lawyer of the Attorney General’s Office, Seema Chand. Representing the NFP […]

Salote Qalubau

August 23, 2016 3:13 pm

The Suva High Court has refused an application to strike out an appeal case regarding the National Federation Party’s (NFP) suspension earlier this year.

The case was called before Justice, Lyone Seneviratne.

The court heard that the initial strike out application was filed by the  Lawyer of the Attorney General’s Office, Seema Chand.

Representing the NFP was Suva lawyer Jon Apted.

The NFP is challenging the Registrar of Political Parties, Mohammed Saneem findings that the party was in breach of the Political Parties Decree.

In February, the NFP was suspended after the Registrar of Political Parties Mohammed Saneem stated the auditors of the NFP accounts were not certified by the Fiji Institute of Accountants.

READ: NFP suspended for 30 days over financial accounts

The suspension was lifted after 18 days after the party complied with the Decree.

While delivering his ruling Justice Seneviratne said there would be no order for costs of this application and that the Registrar of Political Parties Mohammed Saneem’s counsel had in his submission stated that the proceedings amount to an abuse of  the process of the court since the NFP had failed to show they have a reasonable cause of action.

He said that the NFP was seeking to challenge the propriety of the decision of Mr Saneem to suspend the NFP from functioning as a political party to which they are entitled to by law.

The case has been adjourned to the September 29th to proceed with the hearing.

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