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Party questions polls integrity over overseas trip

Siteri Sauvakacolo
Monday, June 16, 2014

LABOUR Party leader Mahendra Chaudhry has questioned the decision of Immigration Director Major Nemani Vuniwaqa to deploy a team from his office to Australia to handle requests for renewals and issuances of Fiji passports and dual citizenships.

He said this work should be handled by Fiji missions overseas and had always been the practice until now.

Major Vuniwaqa revealed in a media conference on Saturday this would be the first time the department was engaging in such an exercise.

He said more teams would be sent abroad for this purpose.

"Clearly, the links with the September polls are very obvious and have serious implications on the integrity of the elections," Chaudhry said.

"Immigration Director Nemani Vuniwaqa must explain to the people why tens of thousands of dollars of public money is to be spent on a task that is the work of our missions overseas."

The party leader claimed no other country engaged in this kind of exercise and demanded that the department provide answers. FLP notes that the visiting immigration team will also be handling requests for dual citizenship.





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