POLITICAL parties' claims that the $5005 registration fee and the collection of 5000 signatures within 28 days were unrealistic are baseless, said Attorney-General and Minister for Electoral Reform Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum.
"The Fiji Labour Party (FLP), Soqosoqo Duavata ni Lewenivanua (SDL) Party, the United People's Party (UPP) and the National Federation Party (NFP) have been claiming for a number of years that they have widespread support. It is not very difficult to get the signatures required if they have that support," Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said.
"In order for them to continue to function and comply with the decree, they have to have five applicants, 5000 members and all 5005 people have to sign up and those names have to be submitted to the registrar with an application fee of $5005 and they have to do this in 28 days (beginning Friday)," he said.
Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said the $5005 registration fee was well within people's means and not exorbitant as claimed by political party leaders.
"Why $5005? It is simply a contribution of $1 per person. People spend more than that on grog. The figure is not unrealistic as claimed by some parties," the A-G said.