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Parties Appeal Rejection of Nominees

Political parties have appealed for their candidate nominations that have been rejected by the Fijian Elections Office following the closing of the nomination period on Monday. Supervisor of Elections Mohammed
20 Aug 2014 15:46
Parties Appeal Rejection of Nominees
Accused Saula Temo (looking at camera), outside the High Court in Suva on November 18, 2019. Photo: Ashna Kumar

Political parties have appealed for their candidate nominations that have been rejected by the Fijian Elections Office following the closing of the nomination period on Monday. Supervisor of Elections Mohammed Saneem said those rejected failed to comply with some requirements in the electoral decree and the Constitution.

Fiji Labour Party

FLP’s treasurer Surendra Lal confirmed they had appealed against the rejection of five of their nominees: FLP leader Mahendra Chaudhry, Vijay Singh, Mohammed Tahir, Arvin Datt and Steven Singh.

Mr Lal said Mr Chaudhry’s case was still before the court while Arvin Datt and Tahir Khan’s nomination had been rejected under the amended decree that a candidate must be residing in Fiji 18 months prior to the elections.

It is also understood that the party had filed objections against two candidates from the FijiFirst party.

One Fiji

The One Fiji Party’s general secretary Sitiveni Kalou yesterday confirmed that one of their candidate nominees Ofa Fisher’s nomination was rejected on the grounds that she also did not meet the aggregate 18 month residency in Fiji prior to the poll.

“Ofa was away overseas to do her Masters and she just came back last year; we did not file any appeal for this because we have looked through all her documents, passports, visas and she had also admitted that she won’t be able to,” Mr Kalou said.

He said they had not also received an objection to the remaining 13 nominations from the party.

National Federation Party

NFP’s general secretary Kamal Iyer confirmed the party had submitted 50 nominations but candidate nominee Frederick Work’s nomination was rejected because he did not meet some requirements under the Electoral Decree.

Social Democratic Liberal Party

SODELPA’s Anare Jale’s nomination was also rejected on the grounds that he was not in the country for less than 18 months over the last two years.

Mr Jale has however confirmed that he would appeal for the rejection of his nomination.

Fiji United Freedom Party

FUFP leader Nayagodamu Korovu said the party submitted four nominations, however, party president Jagath Karunaratne’s nomination was rejected because of a traffic infringement seven years ago.

People’s Democratic Party

PDP’s general secretary Aman Ravindra Singh last night confirmed that they had appealed for reviews of the rejections to four of their nominations.

Mr Singh said they had submitted 50 nominations and they could not disclose the names of the four nominations that had been rejected because he said it was still an ongoing matter.

However, some of their nominees that had already been announced but whose names were not published by the Fijian Elections Office yesterday, were Daniel Urai, Shamal Singh, Hiroshi Taniguchi, Lekima Lawanitoakula, Samuela Tui, Wiliame Rabunebune and Vijay Chand. Mr Singh had also confirmed that the party had filed six objections to six nominations by the FijiFirst party.

FijiFirst

The FijiFirst party submitted 50 nominations and none was rejected.

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