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Successfully-Registered Fiji Parties Confirmed In March
Public will be asked to review applications, submit objections

By Mereani Gonedua

SUVA, Fiji (Fijilive, Feb. 19, 2013) – Fiji’s Registrar for political parties registration is expected to confirm the names of parties that have successfully managed to register for the 2014 elections in a month's time.

Registrar Mere Vuniwaqa said their office is putting together each application received in order to publish and notify the public on which political parties have applied for re-registration.

Vuniwaqa said they have until February 28 to publish all applications received from existing parties wishing to re-register, and afterwards they will be requesting the public to put in their submissions if they have any objections to the applications.

She said after receiving submissions from the public the group of people wishing to form a political party will then be given seven days to respond to any objections made towards their application for re-registration.

She also said after all this, she will then have to decide if the people wishing to form a political party would be able to contest elections however the application can be refused if the Registrar believes that the applications contains false information or was gathered in a fraudulent manner.

Only three existing political parties managed to submit their application for re-registration before the deadline last Thursday.

[PIR editor's note: Yesterday, Vuniwaqa said a High Court application will be made to "wind up" 14 political parties that failed to meet the re-registration deadline. Those parties' assets will be seized by the state. Vuniwaqa further said that no new parties may apply with the names, symbols or acronyms as parties that have been de-registered.]

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