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Fiji National Federation Party Applies For Re-Registration
President says NFP collected 8,000 signatures from members

By Mereani Gonedua

SUVA, Fiji (Fijilive, Feb. 13, 2013) – Fiji’s oldest political group, the National Federation Party (NFP) has become the first party to submit its application to re-register as an existing party to contest the 2014 elections.

Party president Raman Pratap Singh said they have managed to gather 8,000 members however under the new Political Parties Registration Decree the party will now have to stop operations until a decision has been made by the Registrar.

He said it has been hard work to meet the requirements needed under the decree but they were confident from the start that they would be able to make it before the deadline.

The new decree states that after the application for registration is lodged with the Registrar, the Registrar is then expected within 14 days after the application is lodged, to publish in the Gazette and in the media, a notice of the application.

Under the new decree the Registrar will then invite any person who believes that the application is not in accordance with the decree or should be refused under the Decree and to submit written particulars on why the proposed party should not be registered to the Registrar within 7 days after the date of the publication.

The Registrar is expected to have the final say on which party will be capable of contesting the next elections. Re-registrations for existing parties will close midnight tomorrow.

[PIR editor’s note: Earlier in the day, Elections Office Permanent Secretary Mere Vuniwaqa claimed no existing political parties have re-registered, and no official documents have yet been received.]

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