The Fiji Labour Party filed its application for registration as a political party this morning.
The Party has informed the Registrar of Political Parties that its application was without prejudice to the legal proceedings it filed in the Suva High Court yesterday, FLP Leader Mahendra Chaudhry said.
The Party is seeking declarations and/or orders from the High Court to set aside parts of the Political Parties registration decree and restrain the Registrar from purportedly de-registering the Party pending the decision
of the High Court.
The Party claims that the decree or several provisions of the decree, detract from the universally recognized and accepted principles and values of democracy and human rights, freedom of the individual, including civil and political rights as enshrined in the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR).
The Party is also claiming that the decree denies the workers and their trade unions the right to form and belong to political parties of their choice as enshrined in the Freedom of Association provisions of ILO Convention 87.
Mr Chaudhry said he was more than pleased with the people’s support for the Party.
“The FLP lives in the hearts and minds of our constituents and cannot be obliterated by a mere stroke of the pen,” said Mr Chaudhry.