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Man admits electoral offences

A man charged with committing electoral offences pleaded guilty in the Suva Magistrates Court yesterday. Rajnil Pratap Sobha appeared before Magistrate Liyanage Wickramasekara. Sobha pleaded guilty to one count each
09 Oct 2018 14:32
Man admits electoral offences

A man charged with committing electoral offences pleaded guilty in the Suva Magistrates Court yesterday.

Rajnil Pratap Sobha appeared before Magistrate Liyanage Wickramasekara.

Sobha pleaded guilty to one count each of false declaration on an application for voter registration, false declaration on an application for replacement of electronic voter registration card and applying to be registered as a voter on more than one occasion.

He was charged by the Fiji Independent Commission Against Corruption (FICAC) in June this year under the Electoral Act of 2014 and the Electoral (Registration of Voters) Act of 2012.

FICAC lawyer Laite Bokini read out the Summary of Facts before Magistrate Wickramasekara.

For the count of false declaration on an application for voter registration, Sobha – on or about July 18, 2017, in Ba – knowingly made false declarations on an application to register as voter form by filling in the form to state that his name was Rajneel Malhotra with the false date of birth of August 2, 1987, before submitting the form to the Fijian Elections Office officials for his registration to vote as Rajneel Malhotra with electronic voter registration number 227782100198.

For the count of false declaration on an application for replacement of electronic voter registration card,  Sobha – on or about June 10, 2017, in Nadi – knowingly made false declarations on an application for replacement of electronic voter registration card form by filling the form to state that his name was Rajneel Malhotra with the false date of birth of August 2, 1987, before submitting the same to the Fijian Elections Office officials in order to be issued with an upgraded voter card 2.0 bearing the name Rajneel Malhotra with the false date of birth of August 2, 1987, and electronic voter registration number 227782100198.

For the count of applying to be registered as a voter on more than one occasion, Sobha – on or about October 31, 2017, in Suva – applied to be registered as a voter under the name of Rajnil Pratap Sobhha with voter rergistration number 026209223601 while already having been registered as Rajneel Malhotra with voter registration number 227782100198. The matter was adjourned to October 22, 2018, for the filing of sentencing and mitigation submissions before Magistrate Wickramasekara.

Edited by Epineri Vula

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