$103 in party’s bank account

Members of the Unity Fiji Party during the launch of their Manifesto 04.11.22. Picture: ATU RASEA

The Unity Fiji Party recorded a total income of $71,130 in the financial year ending on December 31st, 2022 against expenses of $74,425.

This information has been submitted to the Fijian Elections Office as required under the Political Parties (Registration, Conduct, and Funding & Disclosures) Act, 2013.

The party received $13,990 in gifts and collected $13,676 from fundraising events. The accounts show $41,700 was received as “election fees”.

The major expenses for Unity Fiji Party was $34,000 that is listed as candidates expenses. $8016 was for general expenses and $5285 went towards office expenses. $6416 was “cash on hand” at December 31st, 2022 and $103 in a bank account.

The financial report states Unity Fiji was part of three court cases it had filed in the High Court of Fiji in partnership with the Fiji Labour Party.

“The Chief Justice ruled against both parties in all three cases in October 2022 and ordered costs,” states the accounts.

“In response both parties decided to appeal the decisions of the Chief Justice and a stay of his orders. Subsequently, in view of the pending 2022 elections, the two parties also decided to withdraw its appeal on two of the three cases.

“The liability of the remaining case to the two parties is the cost of appeal and the fees of the lawyers.

“In the opinion of the executive board after taking appropriate legal advice, the outcome of the legal claims will not give rise to any significant loss beyond the amount provided at December 31, 2022.”

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