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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 09:41
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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