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Suspension an avenue to unify the party says Rabuka, No pay for 60 days
10:50 pm GMT+12, 26/05/2020, Fiji

Sitiveni Rabuka a member of the Fiji Opposition SODELPA (suspended party) says they respect the decision made by the Registrar of Political Parties Tuesday.
 
Rabuka says the suspended party members will put together a report that will aim to make them constitutionally sustainable within the 60 days’ time given by the Fiji Election Office (FEO).
 
He states party members held a briefing at the Opposition Chambers straight after the announcement and said this is an opportune time to fix the damage.
 
“I cannot say I’m a party leader or anything of that sort, I’m a member of suspended political party’ and it’s up to us to meet the requirements lay down by the Supervisor of Elections and we have 60 days, tomorrow is within 60 days”.
 
The suspended party said it will not appeal the decision.
 
The Fiji Independent Commission Against Corruption (FICAC) has confirmed that they have received the report from the Registrar of Political Parties regarding missing provisions within the suspended Social Democratic Liberal Party constitution.
 
Registrar Mohammed Saneem said the suspended party and its members will have to resolve its issues including the discrepancies within its constitution before they make any submission.
 
“The registered officer are expected to be producing accurate information to the Registrar for the members of the public. This is another matter that will now be referred to the enforcement arm which is FICAC.”
 
All appointees have now been declared null and void, and the suspended party now have 60 days to rectify all issues or face deregistration.
 
The suspension of SODELPA means they will not be able to attend Parliament or within its premises in the next 60 days.
 
Meanwhile, Speaker of Parliament Ratu Epeli Nailatikau has informed Parliament that the Social Democratic Liberal Party (in suspension) or any of its members cannot be entitled to any remuneration or allowances for the duration of the suspension which is 60 days.
 
Ratu Epeli said during the period of suspension members of parliament of the SODELPA (in suspension) including caucus staff are not permitted to access the parliament premises.
 
He said the members concerned have been duly informed that they are suspended from parliament for 60 days with effect from 26 May 2020.
 
Ratu Epeli said the suspension will be reviewed once the status of the suspended political party is determined by the Registrar of Political Parties.

SOURCE: FBC NEWS/FIJI VILLAGE/PACNEWS


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