29 May 2014

Fiji regime party snared by own decree

9:06 am on 29 May 2014

An observer of Fiji politics says the Prime Minister's proposed political party is being tripped up by his regime's own decrees and it may have trouble justifying its actions.

The Elections Office has confirmed it has received six objections to the registration of Rear Admiral Frank Bainimarama's proposed Fiji First Party.

The party has 20 days to respond to those objections while police are separately investigating.

The breaches could see all the party members jailed and them collectively fined more than 200 million US dollars.

Rear-Admiral Frank Bainimarama.

Rear-Admiral Frank Bainimarama. Photo: AFP

Auckland University's Dr Steven Ratuva says Fiji First is facing some serious allegations, and it seems the regime's electoral and political parties decrees are proving unworkable.

"That's one of the ironies of the situation, because they're the ones who created that rule in hoping that it might regulate the behaviour of the various political parties, but little did they realise that they were going to be caught in that themselves, so they're probably telling themselves 'why did we do this in the first place?' Because now they have to be subjected the rules which they themselves created."

Steven Ratuva says Fiji First is probably trying to rely on favourable support from officials to get through the registration process.

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