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Step in the right direction

Sherita Sharma
Monday, December 17, 2012

THE FIJI Women's Forum (FWF) has applauded the state's call for expressions of interest (EOI) from the public for the Constituent Assembly.

FWF says it is a positive step to get citizens to participate more in the democratisation process.

FemLINK Pacific executive director Sharon Bhagwan-Rolls, who co-convened the FWF in referring to an advertisement by the government, said the points made in it clarified the expected roles of the CA members.

She also said if all groups submitted names of individuals who fit the criteria and are accepted by the state as being significant representatives of a given community, then this would give legitimacy to the CA.

FWF however raised concerns that while the first ten points of the EOI was in line with international standards, the final point "all EOIs will be treated with confidence" was a worrying point.

"The FWF believes that the public should be made aware of all names that are under consideration for the CA. This transparency will also ensure accountability to the public," Ms Bhagwan-Rolls said.

The FWF has unanimously endorsed 13 names for the CA which will be submitted to the Prime Minister's office this week.