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Party told to remedy breach

Aqela Susu
Tuesday, January 30, 2018

REGISTRAR of Political Parties Mohammed Saneem has lifted the suspension of the People's Democratic Party (PDP).

Mr Saneem's decision is to allow the party to comply with the Political Parties (Registration, Conduct, Funding and Disclosures) Act 2013.

In a letter addressed to the party yesterday, Mr Saneem said one of his findings after the suspension of PDP was that the absence of various office holders in the party breached its own constitution.

He has therefore requested the party to rectify the breach. Mr Saneem said the follow-on effect of the rectification would facilitate the application under section 11 of the Act to be properly made.

"Following the receipt of various documents from the PDP, we have established that the officials had neglected and/or failed to ensure that they had properly implemented the requirements of the PDP constitution, in particular in relation to the appointment of an acting president following the resignation of Lynda Tabuya so that the party was able to duly comply with the requirements of Section 11 of the Act," Mr Saneem said.

"We have therefore lifted the suspension so that PDP can hold a proper management board meeting as per its constitution and then appoint various office holders who can then sign off on the application required under Section 11 of the Act.

"The Office of the Registrar has taken this step to ensure that the party is able to remedy the breaches and also urges office holders of all parties to ensure that they properly check the requirements under the Act and the party constitution in the performance of their functions therein."

The party has until February 28 to remedy the breach, but if they fail, deregistration procedures under the Act would be activated.

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