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SUVA – The Fiji Institute of Accountants will open an investigation into an accountant who allegedly signed off the audit of the National Federation Party without a certificate of public practice.

The Supervisor of Elections, Mohammed Saneem, suspended the NFP for 30 days and gave the party 60 days to respond to claims that their accounts were improperly audited, against provisions in the Political Parties Decree.

Elvin Atish Lal, who works for APNR Partners, is a registered accountant with the FIA, but does not hold a practising certificate, as he has not worked for the required three years with someone who does hold a practising certificate.

Lal is a member of the Australian CPA organisation, and the FIA gave him membership in Fiji, but this does not mean he is eligible to sign off as an auditor. Under the decree, each party must supply its audited accounts each year.

Mr Saneem said there would be a FICAC investigation into the party, and the FIA would also investigate Mr Lal. - RNZI