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Prasad Wants Changes To Electoral Rules

The National Federation Party leader Biman Prasad says he is asking  Parliament for changes in the electoral process before the 2018 general elections. He spoke to more than 200 people
04 Sep 2016 10:09
Prasad Wants Changes To Electoral Rules
National Federation Party leader Biman Prasad (right) at their Annual General Meeting held at Penang Sangam Primary School in Rakirak Photo: Arishma Devi-Narayan

The National Federation Party leader Biman Prasad says he is asking  Parliament for changes in the electoral process before the 2018 general elections.

He spoke to more than 200 people during the Party’s national convention and annual general meeting at Penang Sangam Primary School in Rakiraki yesterday.

Mr Prasad repeated his previous claims about the electoral laws not being fair.

This claim is despite the independent election observers saying the 2014 elections were free and fair. NFP won only three seats.

Mr Prasad said that people were now realising the mistakes they had made in 2014 elections through their votes and that NFP was getting its supporters at large without any fear.

He further claimed that the current Government had not set its priority right in terms of income expenditure.

“They had written in the constitution that they can make decrees right up to the day before Parliament sat in 2014,” Mr Prasad said.

“So when the election was over when they knew they had won they brought out this decree.

“It’s called the Parliamentary Remuneration Decree 2014, decree number 29 of 2014.

“And in this they determine the salaries of the president, the PM and the ministers and members of the parliament.”

He said parliamentary benefits and salaries should be decided by independent committees.

The salaries of all parliamentarians are being reviewed by a Parliamentary committee made up of Government and Opposition members. The move was supported by Opposition members and an NFP member was included on the committee.

Mr Prasad also said he was happy with the number of supporters who had arrived for the party’s AGM. Meanwhile the office bearers for the Party remains the same as they were unopposed.

 

Edited by Maraia Vula

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