People’s Democratic Party leader Felix Anthony
The People’s Democratic Party leader Felix Anthony believes that they are excluded from declaring the assets and liabilities under the Political Parties Amendment Decree by July 29th although it is clearly stated in the decree that they will have to comply by the deadline.
In a press conference in Lautoka earlier this afternoon, Anthony said the amended decree will not affect them in declaring their assets and liabilities.
Anthony said the decree only states they will only have to declare their assets and liabilities when they stand for elections.
However the amended decree does cover people like Felix Anthony who are yet to make their declaration.
The Political Parties Amendment Decree clearly states that any person who, on or before 30th June 2014, was appointed as an office holder or a registered officer of a political party and who has not provided the Registrar with a statement containing the required information, shall within 30 days from 30th June provide the declaration of assets and liabilities in respect of that person, his or her spouse and children.
The party officials should provide a statement containing their total assets whether in Fiji or abroad, the total income in Fiji or abroad and the source of such income, any business connections, any directorships, any gifts received, any assets acquired by each of them whether in Fiji or abroad during the period to which the statement relates and the liabilities incurred or discharged by each of them.
Any person who fails to comply with the requirements or provides any information that is false, commits an offence and shall be liable upon conviction to a fine not exceeding $50,000 or to a term of imprisonment not exceeding 10 years or to both.
People like NFP President, Tupou Draunidalo, NFP Leader, Doctor Biman Prasad and General Secretary, Kamal Iyer will have to declare their assets and liabilities by 29th July this year.
This also applies to PDP President, Lynda Tabuya, PDP Leader, Felix Anthony and General Secretary, Aman Ravindra Singh.
They will have to do the same for their spouse and children.
Fijivillage has raised the issue with the People’s Democratic Party after Anthony’s statement in Lautoka.
They have said that they will respond tomorrow.