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Fiji Labour Party Removes Fake News On Saneem

The post was put up on Sunday, January 16, 2022 with claims that the Supervisor of Elections Mohammed Saneem was forced to resign because of allegations of abuse of office levelled against him.
18 Jan 2022 12:39
Fiji Labour Party Removes Fake News On Saneem
Supervisor of Elections Mohammed Saneem during the training session for elections officials in Nasese on January 17, 2022. Photo: Leon Lord

The Fiji Labour Party has removed its Facebook post titled: ‘BREAKING NEWS Supervisor of Elections forced to RESIGN’.

This after they were issued a notice by the Fijian Elections Office yesterday to remove its post with immediate effect or failure to do so may refer the Party to court for prosecution for contravention of Section 144A(2) of the Electoral Act.

The post was put up on Sunday, January 16, 2022 with claims that the Supervisor of Elections Mohammed Saneem was forced to resign because of allegations of abuse of office levelled against him.

The public had been advised that the information contained in the post was false and misleading.

“It is incredible the extent to which the Fiji Labour Party has gone to fabricate something and then make it publicly accessible with such a high rate of publication despite fully knowing it to be false and lies,” Mr Saneem said.

In the notice sent to the Fiji Labour Party, Mr Saneem said any person or political party that does not comply with the directive given in Section 144A(2) of the Electoral Act 2014, contravenes the section and commits an offence and is liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding $50, 000 or imprisonment for a term not exceeding five years or both.

When the Fiji Sun checked the Facebook post at 3pm yesterday, it had been removed by the political party.

Meanwhile earlier in a press conference yesterday, Mr Saneem questioned the ethics of the journalist who used information of his resignation from unethical sources and published it.

When questioned whether he had submitted his resignation to the Attorney-General but not accepted, Mr Saneem clarified that the AG does not receive resignations.

When queried by the media if he had intended to resign anytime between December to this month said he had no comments.

Mr Saneem also revealed that the Fijian Elections Office was still without a Deputy Supervisor of Elections as none of those that applied met the criteria.

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