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Proposed SODELPA applies for registration

Nanise Loanakadavu
Wednesday, February 27, 2013

THE proposed Social Democratic Liberal Party has applied for registration under the Political Parties (Registration, Conduct, Funding and Disclosures) Amendment Decree.

The application was lodged yesterday by the proposed party officials Sakiusa Raivoce and Pio Tabaiwalu at the Political Parties Registrar's office.

According to Mr Tabaiwalu, the proposed party had managed to collect 5000 signatures and the registration fees. Their new initials are SODELPA.

"We will now wait for the assessment of our application," he said outside Suvavou House.

This will make them the first proposed new political party to register under the decree since the February 14 deadline for registration.

Meanwhile, the office of the Political Parties Registrar has a 14-day deadline to publish each application from the day the application was made under the political parties decree.

Registrar for Political Parties Mere Vuniwaqa had earlier said only three then-political parties had applied for registration prior to the February 14 deadline.

She said once they were published, there would be a time-frame given for submissions and objections to the applications.

She said the objections, if any, would be relayed to the organisation concerned which had to respond within seven days.

A decision to register the party or not will then be made after receiving the response.