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Seven Objections Against Political Party Candidates

Seven objections against political party candidates contesting next month’s general election were received yesterday as the Electoral Commission ended the objection period at 4pm. The objections: Six out of the
17 Oct 2018 14:47
Seven Objections Against Political Party Candidates
NFP youth wing member Sharveen Chaudhary.

Seven objections against political party candidates contesting next month’s general election were received yesterday as the Electoral Commission ended the objection period at 4pm.

The objections:

  • Six out of the seven objections have been lodged against the FijiFirst party
  • Two objections have been filed against FijiFirst leader Voreqe Bainimarama, one was filed by Mikaele Radrodro and one by Jone Dakuvula
  • Three objections were filed again FijiFirst general secretary Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, one was filed by Mikaele Radrodro and two by Jone Dakuvula
  • One was filed against Faiyaz Koya also by Jone Dakuvula
  • One objection was filed against Sachida Nand by Uma Reddy
  • SODELPA provisional candidate Bimal Prasad Chaudhry of Navua has filed an objection against all 28 candidates of HOPE. The objection against HOPE is believed to be in regards to them supposedly lodging in their candidate nomination late. No candidate has withdrawn their candidacy.

The National Federation Party missed out on lodging an objection by 32 seconds.

NFP youth wing member Sharveen Chaudhary reached the Fijian Elections Office after 4pm and he was not allowed to lodge the objection.

Mr Chaudhary claimed he was inside the FEO building before 4pm, however, Electoral Commission Chair Suresh Chandra told the NFP representative that he did not enter the room where all the objections and appeals were being made before the 4pm deadline.

Mr Chandra told Mr Chaudhary that they could not accept his objection even though he was a few seconds late.

 Appeal upheld:

The Electoral Commission upheld the appeal by Unity Fiji candidate Laitia Matalomani.

This means Mr Matalomani now is the 235th candidate to contest the general election.

He was initially disqualified because of a previous criminal conviction.

A statement issued by the Electoral Commission last night stated that the commission had considered a copy of the judgment from Mr Matalomani’s criminal conviction that was furnished to the Electoral Commission and later verified through the Office of the Supervisor of Elections.

“The Electoral Commission further considered the submissions of the Supervisor of Elections following the receipt of the judgment from Mr Matalomani and the Electoral Commission has thereafter upheld the appeal and the Supervisor of Elections has been directed to add Mr Matalomani as the 235th candidate to the approved list of candidates for the 2018 General Election.”

Edited by Epineri Vula

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