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Political Representative Charged with Electoral Offence

Media Team   |   25 Oct 2018

A representative of the Social Democratic Liberal Party (SODELPA) appeared in the Suva Magistrate’s Court today facing a charge under the Political Parties Act of 2013.

The Fiji Independent Commission Against Corruption (FICAC) charged Mr. Jale Baba with one (1) count of “Making a False Statement”.

It is alleged that he published falsified Voter Lists and other false information related to that list on social networking site Facebook between August and October this year.

FICAC Senior State Counsel Ms. Francis Puleiwai made mention of Section 18(A) of the Electoral Act of 2014 which requires the court to act immediately on electoral offence cases but left it within the court’s discretion.

She also informed the court that first phase disclosures were served to the Accused and that the second phase disclosures would be served before the next date so that the plea could be taken.

Defence counsels Ms. Lynda Tabuya and Mr. Filimoni Vosarogo told the court that time was needed to go through the disclosures and that there was no hurry for this case since Mr. Baba is not standing in the elections.

Resident Magistrate Mr. Liyanage Wickramasekara released him on bail with a bail bond of $2000 FJD and instructed him not to reoffend, interfere with witnesses and leave the country.

The matter was adjourned to 31 October 2018 for the Plea to be taken.