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NFP attacks SOE, Saneem defends presentation

November 29, 2019 5:03 pm
Supervisor of Elections Mohammed Saneem and NFP Leader Professor Biman Prasad

Supervisor of Elections Mohammed Saneem has defended his presentation on the 2018 general election to the Justice of Law and Human rights.

This as the National Federation Party this afternoon issued statement-making various allegations of bias against Saneem.

NFP Leader Professor Biman Prasad in a statement says Saneem has compromised the independence and impartiality of the Elections Office by making political comments that reek of bias towards the ruling Fiji First Party.

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“By announcing that a decision on the number of seats to be contested in the next elections will be made in 2021, the SOE has usurped the role of the EC, which is the only authority mandated under the 2013 Constitution to make such a determination”

Professor Prasad also went to length to call for Saneem’s resignation.

Responding to the allegation, Saneem says in his position as a Constitutional Officeholder, he is obligated to put forward exact facts and figures to eliminate any misinformation.

Saneem says the NFP Leader’s claim is unfounded as he is duty-bound to present the Standing Committee of Parliament, accurate and fair views without fear or favor to assist the highest court of the land in making law.

Saneem adds the call for his resignation is unsubstantiated and without merit.

The Supervisor of Election says he is disappointed that the NFP Leader resorted to personal attacks instead of presenting opposing intellectual arguments.

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