Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Farcical Work on New Fiji Constitution to Start Next Year says Dictator

by Sai Lealea

Dictator Bainimarama
The illegal regime in Fiji has again flagged its plan on forcing on the people of Fiji a new constitution. This was announced by the Dictator Bainimarama as part of his Budget speech this week. He again tries to placate opposition groups and the international community with a timetable and budget allocation for the work.
What everyone would like to know is how neutral will the process be and much more important, will it ever be free from the Dictator influencing the result in his favour? Others have even questioned the whole exercise as one of futility as the Dictator will not even allow true and fair participation for all those who wish to be involved. His record on keeping his word is well known - ZILCH, so there is real doubt that he really is serious about it all.

The real question to ask is " how will Bainimarama fare in a free and fair election and constitution development process?" 
Answer: It will definitely mean prison for him and his illegal regime members. Therefore it will not be in their interest that the whole exercise is undertaken in a neutral manner as it will not yield them the desired result that will secure their ongoing freedom from facing the courts to answer for their treasonous crime.

The fact is Fiji does not need a new Constitution as it already has one. In 2009, Fiji's Appeal Court upheld it as the supreme law of Fiji still. It is only because Dictator Bainimarama and his treasonous lot have trashed it and that having it remain will mean certain imprisonment for them. That is why they need a new constitution - not the people of Fiji.

Having just had a Referendum in NZ on its electoral system as part of the weekend's General Election, it would be great that a similar approach is taken in Fiji - asking the whole population if they want a new constitution and not just forcing it on them.

The truth to all the farce then is that:

Dictator Bainimarama is only embraking on a new Electoral system and new Constitution, to save his skin. Because the people of Fiji do not want it. Otherwise he would let the people decide through a free and fair referendum well before he changes or develops a new constitution. 

But it will not be Bainimarama if he does that. He is too greedy for his own interest and he lacks the intestinal fortitude and courage to front up to the people of Fiji and let them decide for themselves. Read below the whole farce of his plan for a new constitution.
Fiji Village News - 28 November 2011

Work on Fiji’s new constitution will start in September next year and the government has confirmed that a constitutional office will be established in 2012.

A sum of $450,000 has been allocated in the 2012 National Budget for the work on the new constitution to start.

Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama said the immediate focus will be on the development and adoption of a new electoral system.

This will include provisions to ensure equal suffrage and equal opportunity for all voters regardless of race, gender or circumstance.

A budgetary allocation of $5.9 million is being provided to fund preparatory works for the 2014 general elections.

The $5.9 million is also for the electronic voters registration that is expected to start from January next year.

It has also been announced that consultations with the various stakeholders on the drafting of the new constitution will be extended beyond political parties.

The process will include civil society, NGO’s and the general public.

Issues for the discussion during constitution consultations will include the size of the new parliament, the length of the term of office of a government and the system of checks and balances.
Story by: Vijay Narayan

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