By Litia Cava in Suva
Former Fiji opposition leader Sitiveni Rabuka has submitted his application to register his newly proposed political party — the “People’s Aliance”.
A statement released by the Fijian Elections Office stated that the Registrar of Political Parties, Mohammed Saneem, was now processing the application to register the party.
According to the Political Parties (Registration, Conduct, Funding & Disclosures) Act, an association of persons or an organisation shall not operate, function, represent or hold itself out to be a political party unless it has been registered.
Under the Act, the application for registration of a new proposed political party should be accompanied by a schedule setting out the names, addresses, signatures and voter identification card numbers of at least 5000 members from all four divisions.
Rabuka said the proposed party would have to wait for the result and at the same time plan on what to do in the near future.
He said he would not be able to comment further as the proposed party awaited its application result.
Meanwhile, speaking to The Fiji Times during an interview last week, Rabuka revealed that some people who contested the 2018 general elections had resigned from political parties they represented to join him in contesting the next election.
He confirmed this during an interview at his home in Namadi Heights.
“Some people have resigned from their political parties in the last general elections to join me,” Rabuka said.
“They have shown their support for the next general elections.”
- As a third-ranked military commander, Sitiveni Rabuka staged the first two of four coups d’etat in Fiji in 1987 and was later elected prime minister, serving the country between 1992 and 1999.
Litia Cava is a Fiji Times reporter. This article is republlshed with permission.
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