THE Fiji Labour Party (FLP) became the second political party to re-register itself yesterday, beating the 12 midnight deadline set by the Elections Office.
This despite the party's pending legal challenge in the High Court against the Political Parties (Registration, Conduct and Funding) 2013 Decree, the very document that sets strict guidelines for the re-registration process.
FLP general secretary and leader Mahendra Chaudhry said the party had informed the registrar of political parties that its application was without prejudice to the legal proceedings it filed at the High Court in Suva yesterday.
"We will now wait for the decision of the registrar," Mr Chaudhry said.
"We've done what we had to do today, the application is in and now we will await the decision of the registrar," he said.
Party president Lavenia Padarath said they were able to secure more than the required 5000 signatures needed for the re-registration, a sign that the FLP still had widespread support.
"We were able to get 8580 but we also had to put a stop to the people who wanted to sign up," Ms Padarath said.
Mr Chaudhry said he was more than pleased with the support for the party.
"The FLP lives in the hearts and minds of our constituents and cannot be obliterated by a mere stroke of the pen," he said.