The Commerce Commission has today confirmed that it will not make any determinations relating to political parties in the country as it does not have the jurisdiction to do this.
The same was confirmed by the AG, Aiyaz Saiyed Khaiyum today.Click on the following link to read his comments:
The National Federation Party, Social Democratic and Liberal Party and the now suspended Fiji Labour Party had written to the commission asking for a determination as they said that they were facing excessive charges for the publication of their declaration of assets and liabilities.
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SODELPA was billed $26,000 by the Registrar of Political Parties, Mohammed Saneem for the publishing of the declaration in the Fiji Sun a few weeks ago.
NFP was billed $5,796 while the suspended FLP was asked to pay $6,375.60.
Commission chair, Dr Mahendra Reddy said the Political Parties Decree deals with all these matters and the person the parties should deal with is the Registrar of Political Parties.
Dr Reddy said the commission just conducted an exercise to check if the parties were charged excessive rates.