Update: 2:42PM WORK on Fiji's new Constitution will begin in September 2012 in preparation for the general election on 2014, says Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama.
"The new Constitution shall derive its impetus from the recommendations under the Charter," he said.
He relayed this while announcing his government's political plans for the next five years before a crowd at the Trandewinds Banquet Hall in Suva this morning.
"As I have stated earlier the new constitution must include provisions that will entrench common and equal citizenry, it must not have ethnic based voting; the voting age shall be 18; and, it must have systems that hold Governments accountable with more checks and balances," he said.
Consultations with the various stakeholders for the drafting of the new constitution shall also commence in September 2012.
"These consultations shall be extensive and will not just be limited to political parties.
"It shall include civil society including non-governmental organisations and citizens of our country.
"Consultations shall include discussions on the size of the new parliament, the appropriateness of bi-cameral system, the length of the term of office of a Government and the systems of checks and balances."
Bainimarama also sought international assistance in the provision of resources for consultations. Government officials, NGOs, local business communities and some representatives of international communities attended Bainimarama's presentation on what officials have dubbed 'the'strategic framework for change'.