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More Woes For Suspended NFP

Three MPs of the suspended National Federation Party are likely to miss this year’s first sitting of Parliament next Monday. The suspended party faces more censure for going ahead with
02 Feb 2016 11:57
More Woes For Suspended NFP
Leader of suspended National Federation Party Biman Prasad at the press conference yesterday. Photo: Rama

Three MPs of the suspended National Federation Party are likely to miss this year’s first sitting of Parliament next Monday.

The suspended party faces more censure for going ahead with a press conference yesterday after it received its suspension notice. Under the law it was not allowed.

Registrar of Political Parties, Mohammed Saneem, yesterday suspended the party for contravening Section 26 of the Political Parties (Registration, Conduct, Funding and Disclosures) Decree 2013. This required that political party accounts be audited by an accountant certified by the Fiji Institute of Accountants (FIA).

“The NFP’s accounts were not audited by an accountant certified by FIA,” Mr Saneem said.

The annual audited accounts provided by the suspended party from 2013-2014 to the registrar had been published in the Fiji Sun on November 13, 2015.

Mr Saneem, who is also the Supervisor of Elections, said senior members of the accounting company engaged by NFP had confirmed to them that it was not a registered member of FIA.

“This constitutes a breach of Section 26(2) of the decree,” he said.

NFP Leader Biman Prasad said the party would be seeking legal advice on the matter.

“We will now look at the reasons for the suspension and if we need to rectify whatever has been alleged, we will do that but in the meantime this means we cannot operate as a political party and that is where we will leave the matter,” he said.

“I am not going to make any further comments now; we just got the letter and suspension which means we cannot operate like any political party and therefore we will have to discuss this with the Supervisor of Elections.”

The NFP has been given 60 days to remedy the breach/contravention or show cause why the party should not be deregistered.

Edited by Nemani Delaibatiki

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