FEO on setting up of billboards

Embrace Truth, Reject Lies billboards. Picture: twitter

SUPERVISOR of Elections Mohammed Saneem has clarified that the setting up of billboards by political parties is up to the customer and the advertising business.

Mr Saneem said the official campaign period had not commenced yet and political polities could set up their campaign materials on the designated areas that had been advertised by the Fijian Elections Office as there were no restrictions yet.

He made this clear following a question that was raised by this newspaper yesterday about the FijiFirst billboards that had been on display in several locations around the country.

FEO had published the list of public areas that have been designated for the placement of campaign materials for the 2018 General Elections.

“We are not going to do anything about any billboards because as long as the billboard are privately owned, that’s commercial advertising between the company that is advertising it and the customer who has sort their business.

The billboards can be everywhere ,” Mr Saneem said.

“The billboards are there, if they do not fall in any of these locations, in these public locations then somebody can complain as I have said in my notice.

“At the moment the official campaign period has not commenced so everybody can advertise, there are no restrictions. Unity Fiji party leader Savenca Narube said it was imperative for FEO to clearly outline the type of campaign messages or materials that could be placed on the designated campaign areas.

Mr Narube said at the moment, the FEO’s statement was too general and they should clarify this issue before the official campaign period commences.

National Federation Party leader Professor Biman Prasad said they had lodged a complaint with FEO about the FijiFirst billboards, but they were advised that the official campaign period had not begun yet.