Monday, March 05, 2012

No need to change constitution: Chaudhry

Fiji Live News
By Mereani Gonedua

One time Bainimarama Ally Chaudhry
Fiji's 1997 constitution does not need to be changed, says former Prime Minister and Fiji Labour Party leader Mahendra Chaudhry.

And Chaudhry said it should not take eight long years to change the only objectionable part of the 1997 Constitution which related to the communal system of voting.

He said this could have easily been changed and elections could have been held as early as 2009.

He said he was the only political leader to strongly oppose the race-based provisions of the electoral arrangements under the 1997 Constitution.

By not adopting more open seats as recommended in the Reeves Commission report, Fiji had missed a great opportunity to move away from race-based elections.

He said the 1997 Constitution was drawn up after wide consultations with the people and it should not take so long to correct defects in the electoral system.

He said the people of Fiji are anxious to get back to constitutional and democratic rule and want a government of their own choice.

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