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Church welcomes decision

Nasik Swami
Thursday, December 13, 2012

THE Methodist Church in Fiji has welcomed the openness shown by Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama in seeking expressions of interest from individuals and organisations interested in becoming members of the Constituent Assembly.

The church's upcoming general secretary Reverend Tevita Nawadra said the church was impressed that the government was getting out to the public.

"It is good that the government is coming out to the public," he said.

And while assuring government of the church's support, he said the church was yet to decide who they would nominate to be part of the Constituent Assembly.

Commodore Bainimarama, in a statement issued on Monday, said to be eligible for membership of the assembly, a person must be a citizen of Fiji, be a person of experience in public affairs and must have utmost honesty and integrity in every respect.

Under the Fiji constitutional process (Constituent Assembly and Adoption of Constitution) Decree 2012, the chairperson and members of the assembly will be appointed by the Prime Minister.

The assembly is also required to observe the purpose of the decree, which includes adherence to its non-negotiable principles and values such as the removal of ethnic voting, a common and equal citizenry and a secular state.


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