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Parties’ Annual Reports Do Not Comply

Two political parties have failed to list donors who contributed to their 2014 coffers as required by law in their annual audited financial accounts. The parties are the National Federation
09 Oct 2015 10:20
Parties’ Annual Reports Do Not Comply
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Two political parties have failed to list donors who contributed to their 2014 coffers as required by law in their annual audited financial accounts.

The parties are the National Federation Party and the Fiji Labour Party.  SODELPA, which submitted its accounts, had supplied their donor list.

Their accounts have been submitted to the Fijian Elections Office in Suva as required by the Political Parties (Registration, Conduct, Funding and Disclosures) Decree 2013. These accounts have been sighted by the Fiji Sun.

FijiFirst and the People’s Democratic Party have not submitted their financial accounts yet.

NFP’s  Kamal Iyer said: “You should ask the Supervisor of Elections, who is the Registrar of Political Parties, as to whether or not we have complied with the provisions of the Political Parties Decree of 2013 or the subsequent amendments to the decree.

“This is not about whether or not the Supervisor of Elections will inquire – it is about whether or not we have complied with the provisions of the decree; it’s as simple as that.”

No comment could be obtained from FLP.

Meanwhile PDP’s general secretary Aman Ravindra Singh said they had been given an extension to submit their financial report.

FijiFirst said they still have time to submit their accounts.

The decree says a political party shall, within 30 days of the end of its financial year, provide to the Registrar the following information in writing the sources of its funds stating:

– the amount of money received from its members and supporters;

– the amount and sources of the donations given to the party;

– the income and expenditure of the political party; and

– the assets and liabilities of the political party.

Mr Saneem said last night there were specific requirements that must be fulfilled so that the accounts complied with the law.

If necessary, the Auditor-General, will be asked to audit the accounts to ensure full financial transparency, he said.

Feedback:  farisha.ahmed@fijisun.com.fj

 



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