26 Sep 2013

Fiji regime amends party asset declaration decree

2:55 pm on 26 September 2013

The Fiji regime has amended the law in relation to the declaration of assets and liabilities of political party officials.

Fijivillage says this is to ensure that the banks give details to the Registrar of Political Parties for verification of information.

According to the regime's Registration of Political Parties Decree, any person who fails to comply with the requirements could face a 27,000 US dollar fine or 10 year in prison, or both.

In June, the parties didn't reveal the details of adult children in their declarations, saying the decree is difficult to interpret and makes no attempt to define a child.

The regime has to date failed to clarify how it defines a child.

The regime leader, Commodore Frank Bainimarama, as well as the acting prime minister, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, have repeatedly refused to declare the size of their tax-payer-funded salaries or their assets.

Commodore Bainimarama says he plans to form a party next year and has said he expects to win.