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A-G expels claims

Felix Chaudhary
Monday, January 21, 2013

ATTORNEY-General and Minister for Electoral Reform Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum dismissed claims by political parties in the country that getting 5005 signatures to re-register under the Political Parties Registration Decree 2013 would be logistically impossible in 28 days.

"Five thousand signatures represents 0.8 per cent of the 600,000 registered voters in the country. That is less than 1 per cent," Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said.

"If tomorrow 10 political parties went out to get signatures, that would only represent 8 per cent of all registered voters. It's not even 10 per cent with 10 political parties getting 5005 signatures. So it's not a large number. If you have widespread support, then it won't be difficult to get the signatures required," he said.

"If they have the widespread support that they claim, then they can quite easily get 5000 people to sign up," he added.

Fijian Labour Party leader and former prime minister Mahendra Chaudhry said the 5000 signature requirement was unprecedented and political parties in the country would have great difficulties in collecting 5000 signatures in 28 days.

The Soqosoqo Duavata ni Lewenivanua Party said getting the 5000 signatures would prove difficult because political parties were not able to meet freely nor have meetings around the country to garner support.