July 17, 2013

FLP temporarily suspended

17:40 Tue Jul 16, 2013

The Fiji Labour Party has been temporarily suspended for failing to comply with a key financial requirement of the Political Parties Registration Decree.

The FLP was required to submit a payment of $6375.60 to the registrar’s office to pay for the cost of the publication of its declaration of assets and liabilities, due on July 15th, but failed to do so.

In a statement, the Registrar of Political Parties, Mohammad Saneem said the financial responsibilities of the political parties and possible repercussions set out in the Decree have been clear all along.

Saneem added all the parties must follow the same set of rules.

The Social Democratic Liberal Party (SODELPA) and the National Federation Party (NFP) met the payment deadline.

NFP said it paid but under protest.

Saneem said unfortunately, this seems to have been a deliberate decision by FLP leadership to not abide by the Decree and it is now up to them to remedy their breach.

The FLP has sixty days to pay or face deregistration as a political party.

During this period of suspension, the FLP cannot operate, function, represent or hold itself out to be a political party.

Party leader, Mahendra Chaudhry could not be contacted for a comment.

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