November 25, 2022

Call launched to account for money raised from political party fundraisers – FBC News

Two political party leaders reiterated the need for parties to respect electoral law when raising funds.

Liberal Social Democratic Party leader Viliame Gavoka and Fiji Unity Party leader Savenaca say they have worked to ensure the money they raise at the fundraiser is banked separately and properly accounted for.

The leaders made the remark in response to Elections Minister Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum’s concerns that some people are fundraising without using the logos of the parties they support.

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SODELPA leader Viliame Gavoka said the party held fundraising dinners, kava barrels and other events to raise money for the party.

“As far as SODELPA is concerned, we are very careful to follow all the rules when it comes to fundraising for politics and for our campaign.”

Savenaca Narube, head of Fiji Unity, says the party is aware of the demands.

“The requirements of the law, the responsibility of fundraising – we do everything to comply with them.”

Minister responsible for elections Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum said every dollar raised by a candidate or political party during a fundraiser should be accounted for and the money should be kept in a separate bank account.

He adds that political parties have been seen announcing what they will do but not saying where they will get funding from.

Article 116 of the Election Law states that any political party or candidate for an election who makes a financial commitment, whether orally or in writing, must immediately provide a written explanation of how the income from the financial commitment is to be be collected.