May 29, 2014 08:29:51 AM
The People’s Democratic Party has alleged the proposed FijiFirst party of using senior civil servants and government statutory bodies to fund and assist in signature collections.
Party leader Felix Anthony says the proposed party used employees from the Sugar Research Institute to get signatures from cane farmers around Lautoka.
This he said was just one of their many concerns which have made the upcoming elections so far to give little confidence to the people that their voices would be heard.
“Concerns on the electoral system, voting process, restrictions on Unions and Non-Governmental Organisations, media freedom, the use of taxpayers’ funds for campaign by the government, the involvement of senior civil servants by government and government statutory bodies to fund and assist in signature collection and campaign are just some of the many concerns. To add to this, we have an Electoral Commission and a Supervisor of Elections who are completely oblivious to all these issues as if they live abroad and are unaware.”
“Let me give some concrete examples of abuse of government resources by this government. The Sugar Research Institute employees using Company vehicles were instructed to visit farmers around Lautoka to collect signatures for the proposed Fiji First Party. Four employees were paid wages for two weeks to collect these signatures,” Anthony said.
When FijiLive sought comments from the proposed party’s general secretary, Attorney General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, he demanded the PDP to provide evidence for their allegations.
SRI financial controller and acting CEO Sanjay Prakash last week told FijiLive that he would respond to these allegations but so far, no response has been received from him.
By Vuniwaqa Bola-Bari