February 4, 2016

National Federation Party suspended from Fiji Parliament

Suspended National Federation Party Members Dr Biman Prasad, Tupou Draunidalo and Prem Singh will not be part of Fijian parliamentary sittings which begin next week.

Speaker of Parliament Dr Jiko Luveni Thursday issued an official statement.

Dr Luveni said she has now received legal advice from the Solicitor Generals Office which has clarified that the suspension of the registration of a political party has the effect of suspending that political party and all its members from Parliament.

She said this means that any such suspended political party and all its members cannot participate in Parliament or in any of the Committees of Parliament.

Dr Luveni said the political party or any of its members cannot be entitled to any remuneration from Parliament for the duration of the suspension.

The Speaker of Parliament said she will be writing immediately to the individual members affected to inform them.

NFP has been suspended as a political party effective from Monday after breaching the Political Parties Decree 2013.

Registrar of Political Parties Mohammed Saneem said the auditors of the NFP accounts known as APNR Partners were not certified by the Fiji Institute of Accountants.

The auditors are members of the Certified Practising Accountants Australia.

Saneem says in light of this he finds that the NFP audited accounts for the period 2013 – 2014 are not in compliance with section 26 of the Decree.

NFP has been suspended for 30 days effective from Monday 01 February 2016.