2 Feb 2016

NFP suspension no surprise - Fiji MP

8:38 am on 2 February 2016
The National Federation Party MP Tupou Draunidalo.

The National Federation Party MP Tupou Draunidalo. Photo: RNZ / Sally Round

A Fiji MP says the suspension of the National Federation Party is further evidence Fiji is a totalitarian state.

The Registrar of Political Parties suspended the NFP for contravening the Political Parties Decree 2013.

The NFP provided its 2013-2014 Annual Audited Accounts, which was published in a local newspaper but the Registrar said the accounts were not audited by a certified accountant.

The suspension came as the NFP was considering pulling its three MPs out of parliament, saying it was hamstrung in its ability by restrictions and a lack of resources.

MP Tupou Draunidalo said the move didn't come as a surprise and fitted with the current regime.

"I can certainly say that this draconian circumstances under which we operate has never, ever existed in the history of Fiji until this latest coupmaker was elected into power."