Unity Fiji Party rep referred to FICAC

Unity Fiji party representative Ratu Jope Naucabalavu. Picture: SUPPLIED

Unity Fiji party representative Ratu Jope Naucabalavu has been referred to the Fiji Independent Commission against Corruption (FICAC) for a probable breach of the Electoral Act.

In a statement, the Fijian Elections Office (FEO) stated they had referred the case to FICAC after receiving a complaint from a member of the public highlighting a Facebook post in which the representative of Unity Fiji agreed to sponsor a set of rugby uniforms in return for a pledge of support to Unity Fiji by a rugby club.

FEO said Mr Naucabalavu was referred to FICAC for a probable breach of Section 114 (1) of the Electoral Act.

It said section 114 (1) of the Electoral Act 2014 states that during the campaign period it shall be unlawful for political parties, candidates and their representatives, either personally or through other persons, to give or offer to any citizen money, gifts, material goods of any value (except for campaign material) or services free of charge, to sell goods or services to persons at a preferential price, or to promise to provide any monetary fund, gift, material goods or services of any value for the purpose of gaining or influencing votes.

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