Thursday, August 07, 2008

NCBBF wants changes in Constitution

NCBBF wants changes in Constitution
07/08/2008
The National Council for Building a Better Fiji team is hoping to bring about changes in the Constitution with the help of the Commonwealth Group and the United Nations.NCBBF Technical Support and Secretariat (TASS) head John Samy has also ruled out the notion that any constitutional amendments need to be an act parliament. He stressed there is no need for a parliament to carry out the electoral reforms.“We believe that the electoral system under the Constitution is unfair and ethically divisive and there is a need to change this. With the help of the Commonwealth Group headed by Sir Paul Reeves, we hope to bring about this change and have democracy in Fiji.”“People of Fiji have to think outside of this country and look at other nations which in turn without parliamentary rule have been able to restore democracy. Take a look at Vietnam, it’s a communist country yet at communal level there is democracy and people are held accountable.”Samy told journalists that the military which holds power at this point in time can play an effective part in nation building. He added that the military is very effective and efficient in building infrastructure and they can be effectively used at village level to help people.Samy was also very critical of the media accusing them of giving oxygen to negativity towards the Charter fuelled by alleged perpetrators of the previous coups.He said media has to be responsible and help educate the people of Fiji so they understand the charter.His closing comment was “do you see anything wrong with the Charter?”

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