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City's banner policy

Tevita Vuibau
Saturday, July 26, 2014

THE Suva City Council maintains it is apolitical.

This after concerns raised regarding SCC employees putting up FijiFirst banners within the Suva municipality.

Acting council CEO Bijay Chand explained that council workers are responsible for putting up all advertising banners regardless of their nature, provided approval was given by the council.

"Any party or organisation that wants banners put up are charged a fee by the SCC and the banners are put up once they are approved," Mr Chand said.

"This has nothing to do with the SCC supporting any party."

Mr Chand said the putting up of banners was similar to the hiring of council facilities for functions.

"If anybody wants a banner put up, they can pay us and we will put it up. If they want to hire facilities for whatever reason, they pay us and use those facilities," he explained.

"If the National Federation Party calls us tomorrow and wants to put up a banner, we will put it up because nobody besides the SCC is allowed to put banners across roads within the council boundary."

He said there were places already marked by the SCC for such banners.

"We have designated points around the city where we put up the banners so they have to apply and pay the fee and we will put up the banner. We do not support any political party, this is simply a user-pay service and we will hang all banners from all parties provided they fulfil the necessary requirements."

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