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Draft constitution

Nanise Loanakadavu
Wednesday, December 12, 2012

THE Constitution Commission is now in the final stages of formulating a draft constitution.

This was confirmed by the Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum yesterday.

Commission chairman Professor Yash Ghai said on Monday night the commission was addressing a very large number of questions and looking at innovative ways of dealing with all problems .

"We hope that you will take time to study the draft constitution — it is lengthy," he said.

"It has lot of detail but I hope you can also see some coherence in the many chapters, in the many details because unless there is coherence, I think the constitution will not work," he said.

Prof Ghai said the bottom line was people wanted delivery of services from the government such as education and health.

"None of this can happen unless there is economic development," he said. "That has not been so marked in the last few years and so we also have to write a framework within which the economy can flourish."

And constitutions of course, he said, were very important for economy though often not seen as such.

"We hope that you will enjoy reading," he said.

Pro Ghai said it was written in very simple language without a single technical term.

He said the commission was always looking for technical term to throw it out and use a simple language that was accessible to most people.

Prof Ghai invited everyone to view the Citizens Constitutional Forum Limited's documentary.


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