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One Fiji in the race

Shalveen Chand
Wednesday, August 06, 2014

THE One Fiji Party has become the seventh registered political party to contest the general election on September 17.

The Supervisor of Elections and Registrar of Political Parties, Mohammed Saneem, re-examined the proposed party's application and reversed his previous decision last Sunday.

The One Fiji Party's application was initially rejected because it was considered that the logo and name resembled that of the Fiji First Party.

"Having considered the matter, I have decided that the applicant's official name — the One Fiji Party — does not resemble FijiFirst enough to cause confusion for voters," said Mr Saneem.

He said it remained his opinion that the applicant's logo OneFiji too closely resembles FijiFirst's concept and he has therefore instructed the party to submit a new logo by August 5.

Mr Saneem said he instructed his staff to re-examine the application after it was discovered that an error was made during the data matching process.

"After the review, we were confident that the applicant met the minimum membership requirement in each division, making it eligible for registration," he said.

Mr Saneem explained he then reviewed the objection to the One Fiji Party's registration — submitted by the registered officer of FijiFirst on July 24, 2014, with the applicant's response.

The One Fiji Party becomes the seventh registered political party under the Political Parties (Registration, Conduct, Funding and Disclosures) Decree 2013.

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