Monday, February 04, 2008

People’s charter a financial burden: NFP

Fiji’s National Federation Party says the People’s Charter introduced by the interim regime places an unnecessary financial burden on the nation.

NFP general secretary Pramod Rae said this came at a time when the money can be better utilized to provide much needed relief assistance to victims of recent natural disasters.

The party's working committee rejected the People’s Charter during its meeting in Ba yesterday. It resolved that the charter was "an unnecessary and extra-constitutional diversion from the fundamental problems faced by the people of Fiji".

Rae said the party reaffirmed its faith in the 1997 Constitution as the ideal charter providing the basis for lasting political, economic and social progress for all citizens.

“The (charter) process has not attracted participation from representatives of the vast majority of the people of Fiji,” he said.

The head of the Technical Support Secretariat for the People’s Council John Samy could not be reached for comments today. He earlier said that nine seats in the National Council for Building a Better Fiji will be left vacant for those who have not accepted their invite.

The six who declined the invite include Soqosoqo Duavata ni Lewenivanua president Kalokalo Loki, Fiji Islands Council of Trade Unions president Maika Namudu, National Council of Women Fiji president Miriama Leweniqila, Methodist Church president Reverend Laisiasa Ratabacaca, Fiji Council of Churches chairman Reverend Tuikilaikila Waqairatu and National Federation Party president Raman Pratap Singh.

Those still considering are Chinese Association of Fiji president Lionel Yee, TISI Sangam president Dorsami Naidu and Fiji Muslim League president Hafiz Khan.

Interim Prime Minister and co-chair of NCBBF Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama could not be reached for comments also.

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