Politics

Two political parties suspended for 30 days

The Registrar of Political Parties, Mr Mohammed Saneem, has suspended the One Fiji Party (OFP) and the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) for thirty days with immediate effect. Mr Saneem in a statement said the two parties were suspended for contravening Section 24(1)(b) Political Parties ( Registration, Conduct, Funding & Disclosures) Decree, 2013. Both parties have sixty days to remedy the […]

Staff Writers

April 21, 2016 10:37 am

The Registrar of Political Parties, Mr Mohammed Saneem, has suspended the One Fiji Party (OFP) and the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) for thirty days with immediate effect.

Mr Saneem in a statement said the two parties were suspended for contravening Section 24(1)(b) Political Parties ( Registration, Conduct, Funding & Disclosures) Decree, 2013.

Both parties have sixty days to remedy the contravention or face deregistration as a Political Party.

During this period of suspension, the One Fiji Party and the People’s Democratic Party cannot operate, function, represent or hold itself out to be a political party.

Peoples Democratic Party General Secretary, Mr Aman Ravindra Singh told Newswire the party had received a letter from the Fijian Elections Office regarding the suspension.

“I am aware and we have recevied the letter from the Fijian Elections Office. We are in the process of remedying the suspension and getting back on track.”

No comments could not be obtained from the One Fiji Party, despite numerous attempts to do so.

Section 24(1)(b) of the Decree requires Office Holders and Registered Officers of all parties to submit a declaration of assets, liabilities and funds on or before 31 December each year.

Mr Saneem said the Fiji Elections Office are yet to receive declarations from both parties.

“The office holders and registered officers of both parties were required to submit their declarations as per the decree to the Registrar on or before 31 December 2015 for the year 2015, however until today declaration have not been received.”

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