Response to the Supervisor of Elections - 19 Oct
Monday 19th October 2020
The Supervisor of Elections alleges that the NFP Relief and Welfare Fund made only $2,154 for relief payments. He has misquoted the information the National Federation Party has given him in response to his queries.
If he has misunderstood what we told him, he should ask us for clarification. He should not hold press conferences making accusations about things he has misunderstood.
Mr Saneem originally asked us for information about the bank account set up for Relief and Welfare Fund payments. We have given him that information, in good faith. We have explained to him why some Relief and Welfare Fund payments did not come out of that bank account.
This is because the Parliamentary Secretariat did not pay money into that account for many months. In 2016 alone we spent $10,600 in relief payments before any Parliamentary money was received.
Mr Saneem has simply published a list of payments out of that bank account. He knows full well that this is not the full amount of our Relief and Welfare Fund payments.
We will publish more details of all Relief and Welfare Fund payments later this week. Many payments were made to individuals who needed support. We are taking advice on what we can disclose about these payments.
We want our members and supporters to know how the money was spent – regardless of Mr Saneem’s opinions.
Authorised by: -
Professor Biman Prasad