16 Feb 2017

NFP suspension was lawful, says Fiji court

4:40 pm on 16 February 2017
Fiji's Supervisor of Elections, Mohammed Saneem

Fiji's Supervisor of Elections, Mohammed Saneem Photo: RNZI

The High Court in Fiji has confirmed that last year's suspension of the National Federation Party was lawful.

The Supervisor of Elections Mohammed Saneem suspended the party for a month, saying its accounts had been audited by an accountant without a Certificate of Public Practice.

Mr Saneem gave the party 60 days to remedy the breach or face deregistration as a political party.

The court found that Mr Saneem's action were within the law.

But according to Fiji Village, Justice Lyone Seneviratne also said Mr Saneem could have asked the NFP to correct the error in the accounting process without suspending it.

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