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Proposed Party Still Wants In

Vosarogo rallies despite rejection by Registrar of Political Parties aqela susu suva The Proposed OneFiji party lacked the required number of signatures needed to be registered as a political party.
02 Aug 2014 08:12

Vosarogo rallies despite rejection by Registrar of Political Parties
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The Proposed OneFiji party lacked the required number of signatures needed to be registered as a political party.
This was confirmed by proposed party chairman, Filimoni Vosarogo yesterday.
Mr Vosarogo said the party received confirmation from the Registrar of Political Parties Mohamemd Saneem that they had not met the required number of signatures following the reviewing of the party’s application.
“Obviously, the Supervisor of Elections office will then have to run that application that we have made. They have to verify it against their own database and clarify those that they had already have signed up for the other parties,” Mr Vosarogo said.
“They may have picked up some of those who they determined to be invalid subscribing to the party. They then have informed us this morning (ysterday) that our petition to be registered as a political party has lacked by a large amount. Our party officials are again at the Supervisor of Elections office seeking the Supervisor of Elections office clarification on those who they have identified and declared to be either invalid members or those who may have subscribed to other political parties.”
He said the reapplying was not an option for them because there was a limited time given the 21 day period to process the application.
This, he said, would also take up valuable campaign time for the proposed party.
“The first thing that we are attempting to do is going back to the Supervisor of Elections office and asking the Supervisor of Elections if we can run our own numbers again that is already part of the batch that we have supplied to the Supervisor of Elections and to see that we are able to recover the numbers that he has identified to be lacking in our application from within the membership that we have supplied. If we are able to identify the numbers that is required from within those that we have submitted, I think that would be sufficient for the Supervisor for the Supervisor of Elections to say, Yes, you have met the threshold required by the political parties registration decree and he can go on to deal with the other matters,” he said.
“If we are not able to pick up the numbers from what is already being submitted to the Supervisor of Elections office there is maybe a day that we can use to try and recover, to try and make good of the numbers that have been required to meet the 5000 threshold even though I am firmly of the view that that option may not one that we wouldn’t lose.”
Although they had been given the number of signatures that the proposed party had lacked in order to register, Mr Vosarogo would not make it known saying that he would want to contain the integrity of the counting and verification system by both the proposed party and the Supervisor of Elections office.
“The numbers is very marginal so that hoping that we can recover the numbers that we lack from within the numbers that is already been submitted.”
He also clarified that the lack of signature numbers was the only criteria highlighted by the Registrar of Political Parties.
“This is the only one that the Supervisor of Elections has highlighted in this matter. He’s not going to deal with the objection; there is no need to go into the objection as yet. Once you are able to satisfy the members while he can go on to consider the other but you are all aware that there is an existence of an objection in place.”
Mr Vosarogo added that the party members were free to vote for any other political party should they not contest the September 17 elections.
“If it doesn’t come through as we anticipate we have our members who have vowed for the party, subscribed for the party, adopted the party to be their party and that is still a political motivation. That would continue, they would be as entitled to vote for any other party. They can associate themselves with any other party if they choose to.”
“The officials of the party will remain. This OneFiji is a political course that will remain committed to the party platform and those who would have wanted stand for another party they can, there is no restrictions,” Mr Vosarogo said.
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