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Election candidates advised to follow proper procedures

February 7, 2018 5:40 am

All candidates for the next general election have been warned to follow proper procedures if they wish to lodge a complaint against a political party.

The Electoral Commission highlighted this following the Opposition’s claim the FijiFirst Party has begun campaigning by putting up of billboards around the country.

Electoral Commission Chairman Suresh Chandra says all Political parties must read the law and at the same time get proper legal advice before lodging a complaint.

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“I want to advise all political parties or the potential candidates that we have a complaint procedure and complaint procedures should be followed.”

Opposition MP Mosese Bulitavu claims that lodging a complaint to the Electoral Commission will not be dealt with fairly.

“Before I made my statement I have received the NFP ruling and I knew that the same complaint I was going to lodge was lodged by them and it was particularized by their ruling on section 112 and 117 of the electoral decree.”

The Electoral Chair says candidates who don’t follow the law will be taken to task.

The Commission is urging candidates to follow the complaints mechanism that has been setup in relation to such issues.

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