Registrar suspends three Fijian political parties for not submitting audited accounts

Supervisor of Elections, Mohammed Saneem speaks to the media during a press conference at the Fijian Elections Office in Suva on Monday, March 22, 2021. Picture: JONACANI LALAKOBAU/FT FILE

Suspension letters were issued to the Unity Fiji, Freedom Alliance and HOPE political parties this morning by the Registrar of Political Parties, Mohammed Saneem.

A statement by the Fijian Elections Office (FEO) stated this was because the political parties had failed to comply with Section 26 (2) of the Political Parties Act.

“Under Section 26 (2) of the Political Parties Act, all political parties are required to submit audited accounts to the Registrar within three months of the end of the financial year. The last date for the submission of these accounts was March 31, 2021,” the statement read.

“As to date, none of these parties have submitted their accounts to the Registrar and in considering the gravity of the breach, the Registrar has found it fit to suspend the parties to protect the public interest.

“All parties have been notified that they must remedy the breach within 60 days failing which they may face deregistration.”

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