THE National Federation Party yesterday filed its application to re-register as an existing political party becoming one of the first to complete the process.
NFP president Raman Singh said the process to re-register had gone very smoothly with the party able to record more than the 5000 signatures required for re-registration.
"The party acknowledges the efforts of all our volunteers who worked tirelessly in the membership drive to get the required numbers for registration," Mr Singh said.
"In the end, we have recorded around 800 members in all divisions, far in excess of the 5000 required.
"It has been hard work to meet the requirements of the decree but we are confident we will be registered," he added.
According to the Political Parties (Registration, Conduct, Funding and Disclosures) Decree 2013, all parties are required to obtain the signatures of 5000 members and pay a registration fee of $5005 to re-register. They were given 28 days to complete the re-registration process.
Mr Singh conceded the party would not be able to operate until it was formally registered and called for calm from their members.
"The NFP is aware that the decree now prohibits the party from operating until we are registered. We therefore ask our members and supporters to bear with us and be patient as we await the decision," he stated.
"Finally, we want to assure the people of Fiji that the NFP has been in existence for over 50 years and we are not about to disappear now."