SOCIAL issues have been the most common submissions the Constitution Commission has received over the past few weeks.
Commission member Taufa Vakatale said during their visits to farming settlements and villages in the west, they were inundated with requests for social assistance.
"We've had mainly bread and butter issues, they're asking for social welfare, they're asking for water and they're asking for assistance," said Ms Vakatale.
She said this may be because people did not understand what the commission's role was.
"This is a farming community and I think they partly have not fully understood what our role is but we have been listening to them and we will probably direct them to the right departments," she said.
"They are aware that we are the commission and that we are constructing the constitution but they probably do not know fully what is included in the constitution and so they also give us appeals to government and to various departments," she said. Ms Vakatale said the commission had, however, been listening to requests from those seeking assistance.
The commission was in Vatukoula yesterday where they listened to more than 50 presentations from different communities in the gold mining centre.
Today, the group will be in Rakiraki.
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