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Sugar tribunal excludes former director from election

Luke Rawalai
Tuesday, January 22, 2013

A SUGARCANE farmer in Seaqaqa is calling on the local Cane Producers Association in Labasa to be fair and transparent.

Former Labasa Cane Producers Association director, Mohammed Aiyub Khan is crying foul over the association's decision not to let him contest in the recent elections for the sector director at the Bulivou sector in Seaqaqa.

Mr Khan said the reason given by the association was that his contract with the Sugarcane Tribunal office had expired and he was not eligible to stand for election.

"I had asked the Sugarcane Tribunal and they had confirmed to me that my contract was very much valid and that it had not expired as claimed by the LCPA," said Mr Khan.

"I am requesting the Sugar Tribunal look into the matter and ensure transparency and justice prevails."

"It is sad when people let their personal grudges interfere with the welfare of public associations," he said.

Sugar Industry Tribunal Commissioner, Timothy Brown said they never advised Mr Khan of the reasons he claimed he was given.

"It is clear to us that this person was not allowed to contest the election because under the standard orders a person who should contest for the elections should have sugarcane as his or her main source of income," said Mr Brown.

"In this case Mr Khan had stopped planting sugarcane for almost three years now as he is a mill producer or inactive grower and it is under these grounds that we had decided not to include him in the elections," he said.