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FLP denies fraud claim

Tevita Vuibau
Saturday, February 16, 2013

POLITICIAN Mahendra Chaudhry says he is not concerned with claims that his party — currently awaiting the outcome of their re-registration application — was buying signatures.

He made the comments after former Justice and Freedom Party general secretary Dildar Shah alleged that larger political parties applying for re-registration were paying people to sign their application.

"In fact, we have been hurt by these larger political parties," he said.

"Our agents were working very hard and we received news that some parties were paying people off to sign their application," he said.

"We have no solid proof but we did get the idea that there was a lot of dirty work going on in order to secure the signatures. Even I saw firsthand in Nausori, there was a page without a political party letterhead circulating and there were people signing it. So some of these people did not even know what was happening."

However, Mr Chaudhry, who spoke to this newspaper yesterday in his personal capacity, said allegations were detracting from the hard work done and still left to do.

"I'm really not concerned with these allegations and I don't want to waste my time. They are nothing new as far as I am concerned," he said.

Mr Shah said his party could have secured more signatures if the alleged signature fraud had not occurred.

But Mr Chaudhry said the allegations were baseless and that they were made in attempts to malign his party.

Police spokesman Inspector Atunaisa Sokomuri said they received reports of the alleged discrepancies and officers in Ba were investigating the issue there.