Man remanded for allegedly destroying campaign materials

November 18, 2022 4:36 pm

A man who allegedly destroyed the FijiFirst billboard in Tavua a week ago has been remanded at the Fiji Independent Commission against Corruption Office.

The case was to be heard in the Western Division but due to the unavailability of the Anti-Corruption Division Court, the matter was moved to the Suva Court.

Eveni Cokiverata Koroituku has been charged with one count of non-interference in the campaign under section 111(1) of the Electoral Act.

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It is alleged that on or about the 13th of November, Koroituku hindered the lawful campaign activity of the FijiFirst Party by tearing off a billboard placement of the FijiFirst Party campaign material.

The Fiji Police Force received the initial complaint and conducted an investigation before referring the matter to FICAC under the Electoral Act for further investigation and prosecution.

The resident magistrate has ordered that the accused be remanded in the custody of FICAC and be produced at the Tavua Magistrate’s Court on 23 November 2022.

The matter has been adjourned to 23 November 2022 at 9am.

Meanwhile, during a rally this week, FijiFirst Leader Voreqe Bainimarama and General Secretary Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum raised concerns about the destruction of billboards and stickers on a number of vehicles.