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Submissions related to Fiji values, principles

Nanise Loanakadavu
Tuesday, December 18, 2012

MANY submissions received by the Constitution Commission were related to the values and principles by which Fiji should be governed.

"And, I am afraid to say that there was much criticism of politicians, civil servants and the military for the lack of responsibility and commitment to the welfare of the people," said Commission chairman Prof Yash Ghai.

He said some set of recommendations concerned what they normally associated with constitution-making, institutions of the State and separation of powers.

"We also got a good picture of different parts of Fiji and the kind of economy in those parts and the specific issues that arose.

"We're able to get a sense of the variety and the circumstances of the different communities and different people."

He said there were a number of advantages in people's participation.

He said it enabled those charged with the responsibility of drafting the constitution to respond to the aspirations as well as the anxieties of the people.