Niua MP fined $300 over campaign spending

NUKU'ALOFA, 28 MAY 2018 (KANIVA TONGA NEWS) --- Niua MP Vātau Hui was last week convicted and fined in the Fasi Lower Court after pleading guilty to failing to submit a report of his financial campaign expenses. Magistrate ‘Elisapeta Langi fined him a total of $300 (US$129). The court was told an Electoral Commission investigation found MP Hui failed to report his campaign spending and it alerted Police to the offence. General election candidates can spend up to a maximum of TOP$10,000 (US$4,329) on election advertising and this was why they required by law to file a financial report after every election. MP Hui unseated former MP and Minister of Internal Affairs Fe’ao Vakatā after the 2017 November snap election. Picture: KANIVA TONGA NEWS

NUKU’ALOFA – Niua MP Vātau Hui was last week convicted and fined in the Fasi Lower Court after pleading guilty to failing to submit a report of his financial campaign expenses.

Magistrate ‘Elisapeta Langi fined him a total of $300 (US$129).

The court was told an Electoral Commission investigation found MP Hui failed to report his campaign spending and it alerted Police to the offence.

General election candidates can spend up to a maximum of TOP$10,000 (US$4,329) on election advertising and this was why they required by law to file a financial report after every election.

MP Hui unseated former MP and Minister of Internal Affairs Fe’ao Vakatā after the 2017 November snap election.

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