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Fiji to develop a culture of transparency: AG

07:20 Wed Dec 06, 2017


Taken from/By: FBC News
Report by: Kelly Vacala

It’s crucial that political parties have their accounts audited and published to ensure a culture of transparency is being practiced or developed.

This was highlighted by Attorney General, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, who says this will give Fijians a fair idea of how much funds they received, the source of these funds and how they spend it.

“No company in Fiji can now – as the law stands since 2013 donate a single cent to a political party and we believe companies should not donate money to political parties. Why does a company have to donate money to a political party unless they want something in return and secondly now only natural persons or individuals can donate funding to political parties, it cannot be more than $10,000 dollars in a year. So every 12 months they can donate some money up to 10,000 dollars.”

He also says corruption needs to be addressed in a tangible manner and if it’s not uprooted first from political parties then they will perpetuate a culture of non-accountability when elected into government.

Sayed-Khaiyum was speaking at the International Anti-Corruption Day in Suva yesterday.



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