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To Chair Or Not To Chair?

Today’s Public Accounts Committee meeting will resolve the contentious issue of chairmanship. Secretary-General to Parliament Viniana Namosimalua has directed the committee to meet, as empowered under the Parliamentary Standing Orders.
28 Nov 2014 13:24
To Chair Or Not To Chair?

Today’s Public Accounts Committee meeting will resolve the contentious issue of chairmanship.
Secretary-General to Parliament Viniana Namosimalua has directed the committee to meet, as empowered under the Parliamentary Standing Orders.

However, a defiant Biman Prasad has refused to back down from his public commentary on the Auditor-General’s Reports 2007-2013.

He posted a message on Fiji Sun’s Twitter account yesterday defending himself.

“I do not have to consult Public Accounts Committee members to make public comments as a leader of a party, chairman or chairman designate,” Mr Prasad said.

However, he refused to comment when approached at Parliament yesterday on his way to the Opposition office.

The Government side of the committee have been critical of his public comments suggesting he had already prejudged the evidence in the Auditor-General’s reports.

The meeting today will decide who will chair the committee. Under Parliamentary Standing Orders, the chairperson can only be a member of the Opposition

The other candidate for chairperson is chartered accountant Aseri Radrodro of the Social Democratic Liberal Party (SODELPA).
The other members, Government Whip Semi Koroilavesau, Balmindar Singh and Sanjit Patel were busy yesterday with theGovernment’s budgetary information session at the Parliamentary Committee room.

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