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A-G: Individuals can contribute to parties

Nasik Swami
Saturday, March 29, 2014

FORMER Fijians living abroad can donate funds to political parties not exceeding $10,000 annually.

This was announced by Attorney-General and Minister Responsible for Elections Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum yesterday.

This is part of the new amendments made to the Political Parties Registration, Conduct, Funding and Disclosures Decree 2013.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said companies were still restricted from donating.

In another amendment, those holding public offices could be fined or imprisoned for carrying out political campaigns.

"There was no offence provision, there was a deeming provision. Now there is an offence provision. Now should anybody breach, whether it's civil servant, trade union, employer organisation, should they breach this requirement of not holding to the public office whilst conducting electoral activity, there is a fine and a term of imprisonment or both," Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said.

He said the other amendment was the Electoral Registration of Voters Decree.

"Now with this amendment, the political parties should be given a voter list for each polling station so that they know exactly who will be voting at which polling station.

"However, the amount of information that will be contained in the voter list will be restricted to three main items.

"One is the name of the voter; the identification number: and the assigned polling station," said Mr Sayed-Khaiyum.

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