Registrar refers Hon. Biman Prasad to FICAC
16 October 2020
Pursuant to section 18 of the Electoral Act, the Supervisor of Elections as Registrar of Political Parties has referred Hon. Biman Prasad to FICAC in relation to donations made by Hon. Prasad to the National Federation Party in the years 2016 and 2017 which exceed the maximum amount allowed by law for any person in a year. Based on information provided by Hon. Prasad and the NFP, the total donations ascertained so far amount to $28,252.00.
Under Section 22(2) of the Political Parties (Registration, Conduct, Funding and Disclosures) Act 2013:
“any person who is a Fijian citizen or a former Fijian citizen shall not make any political donation to a political party or to a candidate for election to Parliament (or to any person on behalf of the political party who is involved in the administration of the affairs of the political party including any office holder of the political party, or to any person on behalf of the candidate) of an amount exceeding $10,000 in any one year (whether to one or more registered political parties or candidates).”
Under the law, FICAC has the independent jurisdiction to determine and investigate probable offences referred to it under section 18 by the Supervisor of Elections as Registrar of Political Parties.