VI­JAY SINGH UN­DER SIEGE

AS OP­PO­NENTS MOUNT PRES­SURE WITH PE­TI­TIONS But it is un­der­stood he is han­dling it well.

Fiji Sun - - BIG STORY - Feed­back: ne­mani.de­laibatiki@fi­jisun.com.fj Adi Li­tia Qion­i­bar­avi.

First there was a pe­ti­tion to have Vi­jay Singh re­moved as the only recog­nised vice pres­i­dent of sus­pended SODELPA.

Now there is an­other pe­ti­tion call­ing on Mr Singh to con­vene the Man­age­ment Board meet­ing by June 15.

It also calls for the re­turn to Par­lia­ment of sus­pended SODELPA MPs in time for the Bud­get de­bate.

It fails to say how this will hap­pen ex­cept that an act­ing pres­i­dent and two act­ing vice pres­i­dents need to be elected to get the party mov­ing and avoid de-reg­is­tra­tion.

The pe­ti­tion, which orig­i­nated in Naitasiri, also calls for the Man­age­ment Board to skip or by­pass the Work­ing Com­mit­tee, the en­gine room of the Man­age­ment Board, to ex­pe­dite mat­ters and ac­cel­er­ate the process to lift the sus­pen­sion.

It was at the Work­ing Com­mit­tee level that the rift be­tween the two fac­tions ex­ploded into the open.

Adi Li­tia Qion­i­bar­avi re­sisted a com­mit­tee res­o­lu­tion to sus­pend her as gen­eral sec­re­tary, pend­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tions into com­plaints against her on gov­er­nance is­sues.

It was part of a se­quel to a land­mark High Court judg­ment that ruled that the an­nual gen­eral meet­ing in Savusavu last year was in­valid.

The two fac­tions then held their own sep­a­rate meet­ings and elected their own of­fi­cials.

But they failed to meet the re­quire­ments of their con­sti­tu­tion and the party was sus­pended for 60 days dur­ing which the breaches should be rec­ti­fied to avoid de-reg­is­tra­tion. Mr Singh is still in Aus­tralia.

But those close to him say the lawyer is fol­low­ing the re­quire­ments of the law af­ter con­sult­ing with the of­fice of the Reg­is­trar of Po­lit­i­cal Par­ties. They say he is un­ruf­fled by the pres­sures be­cause they were out­side the realms of the law and the party con­sti­tu­tion.

As this is go­ing on there is an ap­pli­ca­tion in court for a stay of the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the High Court rul­ing that of­fi­cials re­moved be­cause of the rul­ing be called back to act un­til the next an­nual gen­eral meet­ing where sub­stan­tive ap­point­ments will be made.

Con­stituency meet­ings are now dom­i­nat­ing sus­pended SODELPA ac­tiv­i­ties as part of the process to rem­edy con­sti­tu­tional breaches.

Rewa is un­der­stood to be the first prov­ince to elect its del­e­gate to the Man­age­ment Board and it has cho­sen

Ro Tei­mumu Kepa. She is on Vi­jay Singh’s side.

Rewa is un­der­stood to be the first prov­ince to elect its del­e­gate to the Man­age­ment Board and it has cho­sen Ro Tei­mumu Kepa. She is on Vi­jay Singh’s side.

Vice pres­i­dent of sus­pended SODELPA, Vi­jay Singh.

Ne­mani De­laibatiki

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