FLP leader calls for investigation

Tavua College prefects take a selfie with Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum after their induction. Picture: FIJIAN GOVERNMENT

Fiji Labour Party leader Mahendra Chaudhry has called for an investigation against Economy Minister Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum who he claims is using the prefect induction ceremonies at schools to campaign.

“He did it again at the Natabua High School in Lautoka on Friday,” Mr Chaudhry said.

“After the induction ceremony was over, he held a question-and-answer session with Form 6 (Year 12) and Form 7 (Year 13) students, teachers and parents.

“It is an attempt to use a school function to campaign and influence students of voting age. The Minister for Education must answer to this abuse and put a stop to it immediately. There is no justification for the Economy Minister to be attending prefect induction ceremonies. He is interfering with the operations of the school. This morning (Friday morning) the session was supposed to start at 9am. The minister arrived at 10.10am, keeping the prefects, teachers and guests waiting for more than an hour.”

Mr Chaudhry has also called on the Electoral Commission to investigate Mr Sayed-Khaiyum.

“How low are they going to stoop to get votes? It’s just blatant disregard for ethical behaviour.”

Attempts to get comments from the A-G, Education Minister Premila Kumar and the Supervisor of Elections Mohammed Saneem remained unanswered.

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