28 Mar 2014

UFDF wants police to probe Bainimarama for decree breach

1:43 pm on 28 March 2014

Fiji's main political grouping says it will be asking police to investigate Rear Admiral Frank Bainimarama's apparent breach of the Political Parties Decree.

The coordinator of the United Front for a Democratic Fiji, Mick Beddoes, says Rear Admiral Bainimarama should be held accountable for campaigning and appointing candidates before his party has been registered, in contravention of the decree.

Four parties have registered, but Rear Admiral Frank Bainimarama has said he will register his next month.

Mr Beddoes says media organisations which have been covering Rear Admiral Bainimarama's campaign are also breaching the decree.

"The police need to investigate the breaches that Bainimarama and the other members of his cabinet who have also held out to become part or candidates of that same party, that still hasn't been registered, and they should face the full brunt of their own Decree, and therefore they should be convicted and fined $50,000 or five years or both."

Mick Beddoes says it is up to the police, and the planned media monitoring unit, to enforce the law.