13 Feb 2013

Fiji politicians to challenge controversial Political Parties Decree

3:32 pm on 13 February 2013

Politicians in Fiji are expected to file a challenge to the country's controversial new decree on political parties within the next two days.

This comes on the eve of a deadline for existing political parties to re-register under strict new rules.

The Political Parties Decree requires parties to have at least 5,000 paid-up members across all Fiji's divisions and bans union officials and other public officers from party roles.

The Labour Party has been spearheading the legal challenge.

Lawyer Rajendra Chaudhry, who is the son of the Labour Party leader Mahendra Chaudhry, earlier said the decree would be challenged in court as it was an invasion of citizens' rights, oppressive and violated international conventions