Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Beddoes: New posts wrong

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

THE appointment of the new Constitutional Boundaries Commission is unconstitutional, says Mick Beddoes, who argues this on the premise that he is still the Opposition Leader.

In a statement yesterday, Mr Beddoes said the President Ratu Josefa Iloilo's appointment of the commission was illegal because the interim administration did not comply with sections 76(3), and (4), and section 78 (8) of the Constitution.

He said he remains Opposition Leader because the President did not terminate his appointment and as a result, he should have been consulted on the nominations for the Boundaries Commission.

"Unless the interim administration takes legal action to stop me from performing his responsibilities as Opposition Leader, as outlined in section 82 (1) & (5), I will continue to function despite the interim administration terminating my staff, stopping all funding and shutting me out of my office," he said.

"After the December 5th, 2006 takeover, all ministers were terminated, but they omitted to have the President terminate my appointment as well, so as a constitutional appointment, when they dissolved parliament, Section 82 (5) kicked in, and I have continued to perform my duties as Opposition Leader under that provision."

He said he was not consulted for the appointment of the Electoral Commission nor did he submit a nominee for appointment by the President as required by section 76 (4) for the Constituency Boundaries Commission and therefore the recently announced appointments were 'unconstitutional'.

The new commission is chaired by lawyer Ulamila Fa-Tuituku and includes former permanent secretary for Lands Albert Queet and Father Kevin Barr.

The appointments came into effect yesterday and are for a period of two years.

Interim Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum said the commission would start its work as soon as data from the national population census became available.

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