Hearing date set for Nawaikula’s case where he is challenging the validity of the decision to vacate his parliamentary seat

Hearing date set for Nawaikula’s case where he is challenging the validity of the decision to vacate his parliamentary seat

By Naveel Krishant
Friday 30/07/2021
Former SODELPA MP, Niko Nawaikula.

The hearing in the case where former SODELPA MP, Niko Nawaikula is challenging the validity of the decision to vacate his parliamentary seat, will be held on the 11th of next month.

The case was called in the Suva High Court today.

Nawaikula is being represented by Simione Valenitabua.

Nawaikula had posted on his Twitter page last Friday that he received a letter from the Speaker of Parliament, Ratu Epeli Nailatikau informing him of the decision.

The letter states that Ratu Epeli received a letter from the Supervisor of Elections on 20th July to inform Parliament that Nawaikula’s name has been removed from the National Register of Voters pursuant to Section 12 of the Electoral (Registrations of Voters ) Act 2012.

The letter states that under the Fijian Constitution, the seat of a member of Parliament becomes vacant if the member ceases to have the right to be nominated as a candidate for election to Parliament.

Nawaikula was referred to FICAC for investigation by the Fijian Elections Office last month.

The issue was referred to FICAC on the 6th of June and it was to investigate whether Nawaikula provided a false declaration to a registration official when he made an application to replace his VoterCard on 22nd June 2017.

The Fijian Elections Office had said this matter is being reported in light of Nawaikula’s statement in Parliament mentioning that his name is not correct on the VoterCard.

While making his contribution on the Bill to Amend the Electoral Registration of Voters Act which was passed in parliament in June, Nawaikula said that the name that he is known for which is Niko Nawaikula is not the name in his birth certificate.

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