14 Political Parties In Fiji Fail To Re-Register

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State set to seize assets, ‘wind up’ parties

By Mereani Gonedua

SUVA, Fiji (Fijilive, Feb. 18, 2013) – Fiji's Registrar of Registration of Political Parties will soon make an application to the High Court in Suva to wind up the 14 political parties that failed to meet the February 14 deadline for registration as an existing party.

This has been confirmed by Registrar Mere Vuniwaqa.

Vuniwaqa said only three applications for re-registration was received before February 14 and they are putting together documents to submit to court for the winding up and dissolution of the political parties.

She said under the Political Parties Registration Decree existing parties that fail to meet the deadline will be wind up and their assets be surrendered to the state.

Under the decree the High Court shall make such orders as it may deem just and equitable in the circumstances of the case and if any person disagrees with a decision of the Registrar may appeal that decision to the High Court within 14 days from the date of the decision of the Registrar.

The decree also states that any decisions made on the appeal against the Registrar’s decision will be dealt with under the High Court rules.

[PIR editor’s note: Fiji Times reported that a modified political parties degree has gone into effect prohibiting the media from referring to those political parties who failed to re-register as ‘political parties.’]

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