Man Charged for Making False Declarations under Electoral Acts

Media Team   |   08 Jun 2018

An individual was produced in the Suva Magistrates Court on three (3) counts of election related offences today before Magistrate Mr. Liyanage Wickramasekara.

The Fiji Independent Commission Against Corruption charged Mr. Rajnil Sobha with one (1) count of "False Declaration on an Application for Voter Registration", one (1) count of "False Declaration on an Application for Replacement of Electronic Voter Registration Card" under the Electoral Act of 2014 and one (1) count of "Applying to be Registered as a Voter on More than one occasion" under the Electoral (Registration of Voters) Act 2012.

It is alleged that on July 2016 in Ba, Mr. Sobha knowingly made false declarations by stating that his name was Rajneel Rajiv Malhotra and used a false date of birth when submitting his application to the Fiji Elections Office Officials.

For the second count, in June 2017 in Nadi, the Accused allegedly provided the same false information to obtain a replacement card.

Regarding the third count, he is alleged to have, in October 2017, applied to be registered as a voter under the name of Rajnil Pratap Sobha, in Suva, whilst already having been registered as Rajneel Rajiv Malhotra.

FICAC Counsel, Ms. Laite Bokini appeared for Prosecution and informed Court that first phase disclosures have been served to the Accused.

Strict bail conditions were given which included a stop departure order, surrendering of his travel documents and instructions to report to the Nasinu Police Station every Wednesday and Saturday between 8am and 4pm.

The matter has been adjourned to 26 June 2018.