Cancellation of the registration of the political party Hope of Tupou Draunidalo

HOPE has been deregistered as a political party with immediate effect following a continued breach of the Political Parties (Registration, Conduct, Funding and Disclosure) Act 2013 [“Act”].


Leader of HOPE, Tupou Draunidalo.

HOPE has been deregistered as a political party with immediate effect following a continued breach of the Political Parties (Registration, Conduct, Funding and Disclosure) Act 2013 [“Act”].

On April 12, 2021, the Registrar of Political Parties found that HOPE breached section 26(2) of the Act. Accordingly, to ensure compliance with the law, the Registrar, pursuant to section 19(1) of the Act, issued to the party a Notice to cure the breach and, in the exercise of discretion under Article 19(3), the Registrar suspended the party until it is remedied.

In the same notice, pursuant to section 19(2) of the Act, the Registrar clearly described the particulars of the breach and then ordered the party to remedy the breach within 60 days or justify why the party should not be deregistered.

At the end of 60 days period and to date, it should be noted that HOPE has not remedied the Violation, nor has it shown the Registrar why it should not be expunged.

On June 14, 2021, the Registrar inquired via email with the Party’s Registered Officer about the status of compliance.

It was noted in the response that the party was unable to remedy the breach and needed more time due to COVID-19 restrictions.

It should be noted that as of February 10, 2022, the party has not submitted audited accounts for the year 2020, as required by Article 26(2) of the law.

In view of the foregoing, HOPE has failed to remedy the breach despite the time required by law as well as an additional time (approximately over 6 months) in light of the limitations of COVID-19.

Article 19 (5) of the law states: “The Registrar shall expunge the registration of a political party that has not remedied the offense or contravention or failed to comply with the law, as required by the Registrar under subsection (2 ). »

“Noting that as of the date of this letter, the party has not remedied the breach and, therefore, in exercise of section 19(5) of the Act, HOPE is hereby removed. ” Said Mr. Saneem, Registrar of Political Parties.

Party office holders were reminded of Article 20 of the law which stipulates: 20.- (1) When a political party is deregistered under this law, no one may/1-

(a) convene a meeting of the members or officers of the political party other than for the purpose of dissolving the political party or contesting the deregistration of the political party;

(b) attend or have a person attend a meeting as a member or officer of the political party;

(c) publish a notice or announcement regarding a meeting of the political party, except for the purpose of a meeting under paragraph (a);

(d) invite people to support the political party;

e) make a contribution or a loan to funds held or to be held by or for the benefit of the political party or accept a contribution or a loan; or

(f) give a guarantee on these funds.

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