15 Jul 2013

Fiji's Sodelpa party avoids deregistration

3:52 pm on 15 July 2013

Fiji's Sodelpa party has avoided deregistration after paying the money it apparently owed to the Fiji Sun newspaper.

Last week, three of the four Fiji political parties were sent a 14,000 US dollar bill from the newspaper through the registrar of political parties for publishing their party asset declarations in June.

Sodelpa's general secretary, Pio Tabaiwalu, says the party has struggled to raise its share of the money over the weekend, but they managed to do it.

"We have very little in the bank, we've just started. We made an appeal to our members and yes, money's coming in (laughs). So we'll be able to meet the conditions we have to comply with."

Pio Tabaiwalu says the regime should have put the publication rights out to tender instead of giving them to the Fiji Sun and he hopes to hear back about a complaint laid with the Commerce Commission within the next two weeks.