Attorney General and Minister responsible for Elections Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum says every dollar raised by candidate or political party must be accounted for, but National Federation Party says Sayed-Khaiyum not allowed to speak strict compliance with laws on campaign fundraising by political parties. parties and candidates because he is the general secretary of FijiFirst.
Sayed-Khaiyum says it came to their attention when people who were announced as provisional candidates come out to raise funds.
Sayed-Khaiyum says some people say it’s good, but it’s not, and companies aren’t supposed to contribute to political parties either.
In a statement, NFP chairman Pio Tikoduadua said Sayed-Khaiyum blatantly ignores the fact that as general secretary of FijiFirst, he is responsible for ensuring that his party and its candidates adhere strictly to all laws.
Tikoduadua says Sayed-Khaiyum is behaving as if the laws only apply to the opposition and not FijiFirst.
He says the attorney general can be the minister responsible for elections, but he can’t enforce the laws.
Tikoduadua says they know how FijiFirst racked up millions of dollars in donations ahead of the 2018 election and their hand-picked fundraisers are in overdrive.
The NFP chairman says Sayed-Khaiyum lacks the credibility and political morality to tell others how to be accountable and transparent.
Sayed-Khaiyum also says that some political parties advertise on Facebook that they are going to do certain things, but they don’t say where they will get their funding from.
He says it’s a violation of the Financial Management Act.
Sayed-Khaiyum adds that they have received recordings of some people campaigning and telling lies that the government does not tender.
He says it is a violation of the law and people cannot make such allegations without having facts.
Sayed-Khaiyum says they are studying available legal avenues to put in place corrective measures.