Thursday, August 07, 2008

Fair voting system

Fair voting system
Thursday, August 07, 2008


THE way forward proposed by the NCBBF through the People's Charter is through reform of the electoral system.
There are calls to abolish the communal representation system as provided for under the Constitution and the Electoral Act 1998, and replace it with the use of a common roll system for all future elections.
This is to establish a fair system of voting so that all the interests of the people can be represented in parliament. They call for the adoption of an Open List proportional representation electoral and voting System.
The draft charter incorporates specific anti discrimination measures into Fiji's electoral laws to ensure no person is discriminated against by political parties on the grounds of race, religion, gender or circumstance. The mandatory power sharing arrangement as provided for under the current Constitution will be removed as the voting age is reduced from 21 to 18 years.

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