22nd August 06:54 AM
School manager has not done anything illegal - Sayed-Khaiyum
By Vijay Narayan, Iva Danford and Naveel Krishant
Monday 15/10/2018
Attorney General and FijiFirst General Secretary Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum at the Fijian Elections Office

Attorney General and FijiFirst General Secretary Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum says the FijiFirst never asked the School Manager of Votualevu Public School to send out a newsletter to parents that the party will have a campaign meeting at the school hall over the weekend.

Questions have been raised by some parents and political parties on why the School Manager, Parmendra Nath Bharos signed the newsletter on behalf of the FijiFirst which was then given to students to take home to their parents.

The newsletter was titled Community News.

Sayed-Khaiyum says the School Manager has done nothing legally wrong as he is not a civil servant.

Sayed-Khaiyum also says that as in the last general elections, political parties can hire school halls that are not owned by the government.

The FijiFirst General Secretary stresses that Nath is the School Manager, not the School Principal, as claimed by some parties.

Meanwhile Votualevu Public School Manager Parmendra Nath Bharos says the letter that was sent on the school’s letterhead was a mistake.

While speaking to Fijivillage, Nath says the letter was not written on the school letterhead but when it was sent to the school via email there was some misunderstanding and was printed on the letterhead.

He says that he has proof what was sent via email.

Nath says they wanted the people to know that something was happening at the school hall.

He has also clarified that the school is in no way associated with any political party.

Nath says that FijiFirst paid for the usage of the school hall.

He adds that the school hall is open for everyone and if any other political party wants to use it for their meeting, they will allow them to use it for a fee.

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