Sunday, January 04, 2009

Democracy movement appoints officials

Democracy movement appoints officials
3-Jan-2009 11:42 AM

THE Movement of Democracy in Fiji (MDF) which was established on December 5, 2008 has formally appointed its officer bearers and other officials.

Attar Singh, the general secretary of the Fiji Council of Trade Unions (FICTU) has been appointed chairperson of the MDF’s national council, which is its decision-making body.

Retired career civil servant and diplomat Emitai Boladuadua is the council’s deputy chair.

One of the MDF’s principal founders and Fijian Teachers Association president Tevita Koroi made the announcement yesterday.

Apart from the national council, the MDF has a working committee.

Koroi said that the appointment of Singh and Boladuadua had the unanimous support of the MDF members which consists of non-governmental organisations, trade unions, political parties, human rights and women’s groups.

Koroi said the Working Committee level would be responsible for the planning of campaign and activities.

The committee will be chaired by Jeremaia Waqanisau and with Adi Ema Tagicakibau of the Pacific Concerns Resource Center (PCRC)as deputy.

The MDF has established a Fund for the Restoring of the Democracy in Fiji (FRDF) which will support financially to the efforts of the MDF and is edging individuals to donate and contribute towards this fund.

Koroi revealed yesterday that the PCRC will function as the secretariat of the movement.

Singh said that MDF members would campaign for the immediate restoration of the parliamentary democracy, free and fair election, an adherence to the rule and law, the upholding of human rights and the 1997 Constitution.

“We should all understand the need to take the country back to democracy and therefore it’s a call to every organisation and the individuals to join together and work towards restoring democracy in Fiji,” said Singh.



By VASHNEEL PRASAD

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