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NFP MPs out of Parliament

February 4, 2016 6:25 pm

The three National Federation Party MPs will not be allowed in Parliament.

NFP’s Professor Biman Prasad, Prem Singh and Tupou Draunidalo will not be able to attend next week’s parliamentary sitting.

Speaker of the House Dr. Jiko Luveni has confirmed that the suspension of the political party extends to its members inclusion in the House of Representatives and parliamentary standing committees.

“One, that the suspension of the registration of a political party has the effect of suspending that political party and all its members from Parliament, secondly it means that any such suspended political party and all its members cannot participate in Parliament or in any of the committees of Parliament.”

Dr. Luveni received legal advice from the Solicitor General yesterday.

In addition to NFP’s suspension, the three MPs won’t be paid for the duration that they miss parliamentary sittings.

The NFP as a political party was suspended on Monday because the party’s books were audited by an accountant not registered with the Fiji Institute of Accountants.

The party has 60 days to sort it out or face de-registration.