Another example of the inconsistencies and irregularities in the so-called political process leading up to the regime's 2014 elections.
Three of the four political parties which were allowed to re-register under the Political Parties (Registration, Conduct, Funding, Disclosures) Decree 2013, have been told to stump up for the cost of publishing details of their assets and liabilities in the Fiji Sun.
The regime's favoured newspaper is demaning almost $40,000 from the Social Democratic Liberal Party, the Fiji Labour Party and the National Federation Party.
SODELPA, the former SDL Party, which was in government when Frank Bainimarama seized control in 2006 has the highest bill at $26,000, the FLP owes $7,000 and NFP $5,796.
Two letters seen by Coupfourpointfive show NFP is objecting vigorously to the demand it cough up for the advertisements.
The NFP's registered officer, Dalip Kumar, wrote yesterday on behalf of the party to both the chair of the Fiji Commerce Commission and the registrar of political parties, Mohammed Saneem, denouncing the demand for payment.
Kumar urges the Commerce Commission, which supposedly oversees the Fiji Sun which has had a monopoly of government ads since 2009, to 'investigate and take urgent action.'
In the letter to Saneem, the party says the demand for money is 'harsh and unconscianable'.
It goes on to argue it was the regime's decision via Saneem himself to advertise the party's assets and liabilities, and it was not advised there would be a cost.
It says the arrangement between the regime and the Fiji Sun breaches the Fair Trade Decree and that no other quote was even sought.
NFP also says the advertisements were unprofessional (it says there were some 310cm of blank spaces) and included unnecessary material such as a resignation letter.