4 Feb 2016

Fiji MP says decree unclear but audit 'did not breach' it

12:08 pm on 4 February 2016

A member of a suspended political party in Fiji says the Political Parties Decree is too vague and her party did not breach it.

Tupou Draunidalo is one of the three MPs from the now-suspended National Federation Party.

The Supervisor of Elections, Mohammed Saneem, has said the three MPs can't operate as a political party during a 30-day period, after they had their accounts audited by an accountant who was not carrying a certificate of public practice.

The National Federation Party MP Tupou Draunidalo.

The National Federation Party MP Tupou Draunidalo. Photo: RNZ / Sally Round

He says the decree dictates the accountant hold a CPP but Ms Draunidalo says the decree says no such thing.

"Because the decree only says 'an auditor certified by FIA', any certificate handed out by FIA to an accountant complies with that provision. And now they're saying, no we want an auditor that has a CPP which is a particular kind of certificate. Well why didn't they say it in the decree? Then political parties know what to go and get."

Tupou Draunidalo, a lawyer, said the law should be clear and the MPs complied with the letter of the law.

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