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Parliament seeks advice on NFP suspension

February 2, 2016 6:09 pm

Parliament will continue as scheduled despite the suspension of the National Federation Party.

As to whether the three NFP members can attend parliament sittings, Speaker Dr Jiko Luveni says it’s a matter currently before the Solicitor General for clarification.

“We are getting advise and clearance from the Solicitor General’s Office to have a look at the constitution and how the constitution has accommodated such a situation so we are waiting for their advice on that. The suspension is on the party, suspension of the party but it’s not suspension of the members of parliament, this is what we want to get clearance on.”

On Monday, the Registrar of Parties suspended NFP over the use of an accountancy firm not registered with the Fiji Institute of Accountants.

The party’s suspension though effective immediately has a 60 day redress period to resolve the issue or face de-registration.

While the NFP member’s seats in parliament are uncertain, Dr. Jiko says parliament itself will proceed next Monday.