6 May 2014

Fiji's Bainimarama lodges party application

8:19 am on 6 May 2014

Fiji's Prime Minister, Rear Admiral Frank Bainimarama, has lodged an application to register his proposed Fiji First political party.

Rear Admiral Bainimarama submitted the application, with over 40,000 signatures, to the elections supervisor, Mohammed Saneem, in Suva.

The move was earleir announced for last month.

Fiji Village also reports that Dr Jiko Luveni has been appointed the president of the proposed party, with the Attorney General, Aiyaz Sayed Khaiyum, being made the general secretary.

The two vice presidents are Tui Macuata Ratu Wiliame Katonivere, and the former Labour Party senator Bijai Prasad.

Mr Prasad says he left Labour to join Fiji First over differences with the Labour leader, Mahendra Chaudhry.

Rear Admiral Bainimarama says people from all walks of life signed up for his proposed party during his recent nationwide registration tour.

The police have said they are investigating a complaint the prime minister has breached electoral rules by campaigning before being registered.