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Opposition petitions President to call for special parliamentary sitting

October 13, 2015 1:30 am

The Parliament Secretariat has confirmed they have received written correspondence from the Opposition chambers notifying them that they have written to the President Ratu Epeli Nailatikau requesting a special parliamentary sitting to contest the eligibility of Jioji Konrote’s nomination as President.

In a speech intended to be delivered in Parliament yesterday morning, but was disallowed by the Speaker – Opposition Leader Ro Teimumu Kepa had stated that pursuant to Standing Order 21 – the President must summon Parliament to meet if it is not in session and he or she receives a request in writing from not less than one-third of all members asking that Parliament be summoned to meet to consider without delay a matter of public importance.

She stated that the Opposition has exercised this Right and has already petitioned the outgoing President Ratu Epeli Nailatikau to summon a special sitting within the week to determine whether or not A Referendum to validate the results of yesterday’s vote can be effected.

The Office of the President told FBC News, they will not make any comments at this stage.

The Opposition argues that Konrote was not eligible to be nominated as he is still a member of the Fiji First party – despite tendering his resignation.

Section 83 of the 2013 Constitution says any person nominated for Presidency should not be a member of or hold any office in any political party.