‘Some political parties have breached Act’

Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum during a press conference in Suva. Picture: SOPHIE RALULU

Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum says “certain political parties or their leaders have breached the Financial Management Act”.

At a news onference on Wednesday night where he said the breach would be reported to authorities, he also said businesses were not supposed to contribute to political parties.

“It’s been brought to our attention that certain political parties or their leaders are announcing on Facebook that they’ll be doing x, y ,z but they’re not saying where they’ll get the funding from,” the A-G said.

“And that’s a breach of the Financial Management Act.”

He said any breach would be reported to the relevant authorities.

“Because we need to have clean elections and unfortunately these people aren’t.”

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum also said political parties who were engaged in campaign fundraising, needed to adhere to the law.

“The campaign period has already started so various laws do apply.

“If you have been announced as a candidate and say, you’re collecting funds or even indeed any individual that’s collecting funds for election or campaign purposes, they have to adhere to the law.

“You need to have separate bank accounts.

“You need to be held accountable for those funds, and people need to know where all those funds are going.”

He said if people were not accountable, businesses would donate funds “and that’s how money is cleaned”.

“In fact, it is from a technical perspective, dirty money — in the sense that businesses aren’t supposed to contribute to political party.”

The A-G said if a kati, lovo pack or curry lamb night was held for the sole purpose of raising funds, all monies and sources of the funds needed to be accounted for.

“You need to record every single person that has bought a parcel or a roti parcel whatever it is because they are actually contributing, so they’re actually donating to the party.

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