Elections Office De-registers One Fiji Party
One Fiji Party has been de-registered as a political party with immediate effect following continued breach of the Political Parties (Registration, Conduct, Funding & Disclosures) Act, 2013 [“Act]
Mohammed Saneem, Registrar of Political Parties said: “On 16 February 2017, I issued a notice to One Fiji Party advising the Party that they had breached the Act by failing to submit its audited accounts and the Party had been given 60 days from that day to remedy the breach which it failed to do.”
At the end of the 30 days of suspension, it was noted that the One Fiji Party had not remedied the breach and therefore the Registrar suspended them for a further 30 day period.
“Given that the One Fiji Party has failed to submit the Audited accounts as required by the Act and the 60 days given under s19(2)(c) of the Act has been exhausted without any remedy, the Registrar, in compliance with the requirements under s19(5) of the act has De-registered the the One Fiji Party, “ Mr Saneem said.
Under section 20(1) of the Act, where a political party is deregistered under the Act, no person shall:
(a) summon a meeting of members or officers of the political party other than for the purposes of winding up the political party or for the purposes of challenging the reregistration of the political party;
(b) attend or make a person attend a meeting in the capacity of a member or officer of the political party;
(c) publish a notice or advertisement relating to a meeting of the political party except for the purposes of a meeting under paragraph (a);
(d) invite persons to support the political party;
(e) make a contribution or loan to funds held or to be held by or for the benefit of the political party or accept a contribution or loan; or
(f) give a guarantee in respect of such funds.