19 Apr 2013

Deadline up for revised Fiji party re-registration bids

1:16 pm on 19 April 2013

A deadline has expired in Fiji for three former political parties to explain alleged discrepancies in their application to re-register for polls planned for next year.

The Registrar of Political Parties said he wanted the proposed Labour Party and the proposed National Federation Party to explain alleged claims of impersonation in the registration of members.

The proposed Social Democratic Liberal Party was asked about the accuracy of the submitted names as they allegedly failed to match those in the voter database.

The Fiji regime decreed in January that parties needed to re-register under new tough terms to continue to exist.

So far none has been approved.

The regime leader, Commodore Frank Bainimarama, who has hinted that the election will be brought forward, is yet to announce his party but he says he will stand for office and is expected to win.