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Six weeks to assembly

Nanise Loanakadavu
Wednesday, December 05, 2012

GOVERNMENT has less than six weeks to appoint members of the Constituent Assembly before their first meeting next month.

Acting Prime Minister and Attorney-General, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum yesterday said the appointment would be made by the Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama in due course.

"The members will be appointed in due course," he said. In his 2013 Budget address, Commodore Bainimarama allocated $1million for the work of the assembly.

Under the Fiji Constitutional Process (Constitution Commission) Decree 2012 the Commission will formally present the draft constitution and the Explanatory Report to the President Ratu Epeli Nailatikau on the first week of next month before the Constituent Assembly holds its first meeting on the second week of the same month (January 2013).

The Decree also outlined that the work of the Constituent Assembly is to be completed at the latest by the end of the third week of March

Under the Fiji Constitution Process (Constituent Assembly and Adoption of Constitution) Decree 2012, the draft Constitution will be considered by a Constituent Assembly in an inclusive and transparent process and that the assembly would consist of representative civil society groups and Fijian-registered organisation, including faith-based organisations, national organisations, political parties and government.