RESIGN, PARVEEN BALA! The Electoral Commission had ordered the Election Supervisor Saneem: "We are ordering that Mr Praveen Kumar [Bala] of the FijiFirst Party be removed as a candidate from the party list"
REPORTING FIJI COURT OF APPEAL JUDGMENT: One wonders if Fiji Sun is singing from same "judicial musical sheet" - no mention of Bala?:
The Fiji Times:
According to the Fiji Court of Appeal judges, the Electoral Commission discharged its functions when it sent its letter dated August 22, 2014 to Saneem. "Once the commission did that, the Supervisor was mandatorily required to carry out the decision contained in that communication in terms of Section 76 (3) read with Section 8 (a) of the Electoral Decree and it was not open to him to question the legality and/or constitutionality of it, particularly in view of the provisions of Section 30 (7) of the said Decree which decrees that the commission's decision is final, not permitting any appeal or review against the same."
One of the objectors to Bala's candidacy was PDP general secretary and lawyer Aman Ravindra Singh:
Extract from The Fijian Electoral Commission Annual Report 2014:
BLIND TO LEGALITY: Saneem overseas the draws for numbers assigned to candidates contesting the September 17 election. Fiji Labour Party leader Mahendra Chaudhry objected to the draws being held while People’s Democratic Party President Lynda Tabuya protested against the inclusion of FijiFirst candidate Parveen Kumar’s name in the list for the draw. The Fiji Electoral Commission upheld an appeal by PDP against Kumar’s nomination saying he was a public office holder at the time of his nomination. Kumar, who also goes by the name Praveen Bala, was the special administrator for Lautoka, Ba and Tavua. Chaudhry objected to his name as well as his colleague Steven Singh’s name not being included in the draw.
Fijileaks to Supervisor of Elections Mohammed Saneem: