FijiFirst Candidate Alexander O’Connor was produced on the Suva Magsitrates Courtroom as we speak on allegations of an election marketing campaign breach.
Mr O’Connor has been charged by the Fiji Impartial Fee Towards Corruption (FICAC) for 3 counts of Prohibition on Use of State Sources to Marketing campaign opposite to Part 113 (4) of the Electoral Act 2014.
In keeping with FICAC, Mr O’Connor is alleged to have carried out marketing campaign actions and distributed marketing campaign supplies bearing the candidate quantity 252 inside two Well being centres and one nursing station ton or about November 23, 2022 within the Northern Division.
It’s alleged Mr O’ Connor had requested the medical employees to distribute his marketing campaign supplies.
Below Part 113 of the Electoral Act 2014, it’s illegal to conduct marketing campaign actions or to publish or distribute any marketing campaign materials inside a public workplace.
State Counsel, Joseph Work knowledgeable the Courtroom that the primary part of disclosures has been served.
Mr Work additional knowledgeable the Courtroom that because the offence occurred within the Northern Division, Prosecution could be making an utility in Courtroom to have the matter transferred to the North per appropriate dates to the Courtroom.
Resident Magistrates Kiran granted a non-cash bail of $750 and ordered Mr O’ Connor to not re-offend while on bail.
He’s additionally ordered to not intervene with state witnesses, to not change his residential handle with out first informing the Courtroom and to give up all journey paperwork.
He’s to report back to the Lautoka Police Station on the final Friday of each month between 8am to 8pm.
A cease departure order has been issued in opposition to Alexander O’ Connor.
The Fijian Elections Workplace obtained the preliminary criticism and referred the matter to FICAC below the Electoral Act to conduct investigations and prosecution.
The matter has been adjourned to February 17, 2023 on the Savusavu Magistrates Courtroom.