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The proposed Fiji United Freedom Party filed another application today to the Supervisor of Elections Mohammed Saneem to register as a party for the September 17 general election.
Proposed Party president Jagath Karunaratne said they paid another fee for this as their application would be treated as a new application.
“We made sure that we also doubled the number of signatures that were invalid initially to be on the safe side and we believe we should have enough,” Karunaratne said.
The proposed party had initially made an attempt to register as a political party but failed.
Karunaratne says they are looking at youths to join the party and use it as a platform for elections.
“If they want to come they can join but it doesn’t mean that they need to contest unless they want to.
“Once we’re registered, we will make an open announcement for those that would like to come and take up the positions in the committee and the initial party founder will take them on,” Karunaratne said. He said there were currently no fixed persons in a position at the proposed party.
“But we have a constitution which can be amended when the national committee executive is formed.”
Supervisor of Elections Saneem told them that their application would be treated as a new one.
“We will deal with it as a new application and advertise within 14 days and it will take its course from there,” Saneem said.
Meanwhile, People’s Democratic Party (PDP) will be providing the declarations of assets and liabilities required by the newly amended Political Parties (Registration, conduct, Funding and Disclosures) Decree.
“PDP is committed to upholding the law. PDP is happy to provide the declarations and will do so in due course,” party president Lynda Tabuya said.
In response to comments from the Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum she said the wording of the recent amendment aside, PDP and other political parties (excluding Fiji First) are operating under the most
challenging of conditions.
“The decree is a constantly moving target that is evolving on a weekly basis with all the amendments, and an absolute interpretive nightmare.
“To criticise PDP’s legal knowledge is unfair at best and absurd. Furthermore, when the amendments are released, they are not made available directly to the public and political parties and parties get to know of the existence of the amendments through the media”
Tabuya said Sayed-Kaiyum’s role as of Minister Responsible for Elections and general secretary of FijiFirst is unfair and a direct conflict of interest.
“PDP calls on him to do the right thing and step down as Minister of Elections.”
Sayed-Khaiyum has said that the roles he is holding are no different to what has happened in previous governments.
SOURCE: FIJI LIVE/ FIJI SUN/PACNEWS
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