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Party fails to meet deadline

Tevita Vuibau
Saturday, February 16, 2013

THE former Justice and Freedom Party will look to register under a new name come the 2014 general elections after they were unable to gather the required 5000 signatures.

The party had attempted to seek an extension to the re-registration period but was unsuccessful with a request to the Prime Minister's Office.

Under the decree, the former JFP has up to 30 days before the elections to register as a new party.

The dissolved party's general secretary Dildar Shah said the party would consider registering as the Fiji Justice and Freedom Party or as the Social Justice Party.

"These are names that we are currently considering, of course we will write to the Registrar of Political Parties to see which names are available," Mr Shah said.

"We really were only able to register around 3026 names in three weeks and although it was short of the target, we are happy with the outcome.

"We actually managed to meet the quota in the Eastern Division and if we had the extension, we would have been able to make the 5000 names," he said.

Mr Shah, who unsuccessfully contested a parliament seat in the last elections, was adamant that his new party would be able to acquire massive support from the public.

"We will definitely still be in the political forum for the 2014 elections. We will form a new party and we will be a part of the next government," he said.

"Over the years, we have seen support for our philosophy grow and we are confident that we will be able to take this into the 2014 elections."


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