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Parliamentary Committee has been accused of showing their faces only because the general election is near – Alvick Maharaj

Parliamentary Committee has been accused of showing their faces only because the general election is near – Alvick Maharaj

By Rashika Kumar
Sunday 11/04/2021
Consultations at Valebasoga Secondary School in Labasa yesterday. [Image: Parliament of the Republic of Fiji]

The Chairman of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Justice, Law and Human Rights Alvick Maharaj says that while going into communities for consultations on three Electoral Bills, the Committee has been accused of showing their faces only because the general election is near.

Maharaj and Committee Members, Doctor Salik Govind, Rohit Sharma, Ratu Suliano Matanitobua and Mosese Bulitavu have been going around the country for consultations on Electoral Registration of Voters Amendment Bill 2020, Electoral Amendment Bill 2020 and Political Parties Registration Funding and Disclosure Amendment Bill 2020.

While speaking during consultations at Valebasoga Secondary School in Labasa yesterday, Maharaj says they are there to get views of the people and not to campaign.

He says they are not politicians at the moment but are members of a parliamentary committee.

He is urging people to come in numbers so that they can have this kind of discussion and adds that voting is very important and no body should be making their votes invalid and unaccounted for.

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