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Midnight deadline

Tevita Vuibau
Thursday, February 14, 2013

BY TWELVE midnight tonight, all political parties who have not re-registered themselves with the office of the Registrar of Political Parties will cease to exist.

And the Office of the Supervisor of Elections will stay open until the deadline to give these parties a chance to get their registrations in.

Government had given the pre-existing parties 28 days to register and today is the final day for them to do so or face losing their party status as per the government's Political Parties Registration, Conduct, Funding and Disclosures Decree 2013.

Registrar and Permanent Secretary for Elections Mere Vuniwaqa said staff of her office would be on hand to receive applications after normal business hours.

"We want to allow the maximum amount of time tomorrow (today) for applications to be lodged by existing political parties," Ms Vuniwaqa said.

Attorney General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum yesterday said all parties who did not satisfy the requirements of the decree by midnight would no longer be able to consider themselves political parties.

"Immediately after the deadline, if someone has not complied with the various requirements under the decree and existing political party cannot hold itself out be a political party until such time as they are fully compliant with the decree," Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said.

"In respect of those new political parties or those who want to register new political parties, there is no timeline for them, they can register next year or they can register in three months time," he said.

Earlier this week, the Attorney General, who is also the Minister Responsible for Elections, remained firm on the 28-day deadline given to the political parties, saying there would be no extension to the deadline.

Meanwhile, the National Federation Party registered with the registrars office yesterday on the eve of the deadline.


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