Labour will pay, says party official

The suspended Fiji Labour Party is now arranging to pay $6,375.60 to the Registrar of Political Parties for the cost of the publication of its declaration of assets and liabilities, confirmed party official, Surendra Lal.

According to Lal, the party is waiting for their leader Mahendra Chaudhry to return from Auckland, NZ and they will not comment any further on this matter.

The FLP also closed its office yesterday as they cannot function as a party.

The party was temporarily suspended for its failure to comply with the Political Parties Decree.

The suspended party was required to make the payment by July 15, but failed to do so.

The FLP earlier wrote to the Commerce Commission asking for a deliberation on what it claims are the high cost of the publication fees.

Registrar of Political Parties Mohammed Saneem said the financial responsibilities of the political parties and possible repercussions set out in the decree have been clear all along.

He said SODELPA and the National Federation Party met the payment deadline however the suspended FLP failed to do this.

The suspended party now has 60 days to pay or face deregistration as a political party.

During this period of suspension, the party cannot operate, function, represent or hold itself out to be a political party.