FICAC warning

Supervisor of Elections Mohammed Saneem with Fiji Human Rights and Anti-Discrimination Commission director Ashwin Raj and Fiji Independent Commission Against Corruption (FICAC) manager investigations Isireli Tagicaki during a press conference at the Fijian Elections Office in Suva on Friday, October 19, 2018. Picture: JONACANI LALAKOBAU

THE Fiji Independent Commission Against Corruption (FICAC) has warned the public, political parties and their candidates that they will come down hard on anyone found to have breached any campaign rules under the Electoral Act.

FICAC manager investigations Isireli Tagicaki said FICAC was mandated under Section 18 of the Act as the investigation and prosecution arm of the Fijian Elections Office.

“We want to make this known to the public and to the candidates and any political party that any breaches to the campaign rules or any breaches to the electoral offences under part 6 of Section 135 to 151 and breaches to those little provisions of the Electoral Act, we will come down hard on them,” Mr Tagicaki said.

He said FICAC would continue to pursue those who were in breach of the Electoral Act.

“The processes that we have in place are open to the lodgment of complaints from either the FEO through the Supervisor of Elections or the public as well.

“If you feel or see any breach of these campaign rules or any of these offences committed out there during the campaigning period, please do not hesitate to contact FICAC.”

He said FICAC was working closely with the Fiji Police Force in regards to the complaints lodged with them. “And also the parties, we want to let them know we are ready to take on any complaint that is related to any breach of the Act.”