Friday, March 09, 2012

Fiji Dictator Outlines His Constitution Making Process

Fiji Village News

Fiji Dictator Bainimarama
Clear timelines for formulation of new constitution announced  

Fiji's new constitution will be ready by February next year after consultations with the new Constitution Commission and Constituent Assembly.
Clear timelines for the formulation of Fiji's new constitution have been announced by Prime Minister, Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama in the last hour.

Commodore Bainimarama has announced that the process will start from May this year when a civic education programme will commence for the people of the country to start discussing what the important issues that need to be discussed are.

He stressed that the involvement of all Fijians is necessary in this process.

Commodore Bainimarama said that the government wants true consultations and wants to hear from ordinary Fijians, not just the elite or the well connected.

He said in order to facilitate the civic education programme, from now until April, the government will collate and print material highlighting issues for all Fijians to think about before they make their voices heard in the consultation process.

These will be distributed in the urban, rural and maritime areas.

These materials will include the People's Charter and a list of issues that need to be considered for the constitution making process.

The next phase will start in July this year when constitution consultations will commence around Fiji.
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