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Supreme law draft ready for President

Nanise Loanakadavu
Friday, December 21, 2012

"IT'S your constitution"

These were the words from the Constitution Commission as they prepare to present the draft recommendation to the President, Ratu Epeli Nailatikau at 10am today.

The draft document was supposed to be presented yesterday but had to be deferred because Tropical Cyclone Evan affected the commission's work .

In a speech last week at the launch of the Citizens Constitutional Forum documentary, Constitution Commission chairman Prof Yash Ghai said for the first time a modern constitution was used as a model for Fiji's constitution.

"It's lengthy, 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," Prof Ghai said.

It is our hope that you will enjoy reading it," he added.

Prof Ghai said Fiji Constitution was written in simple language with the commissioners working hard to remove technical terms.

Commissioners replaced technical terms with simple language that would be understood by everyone.

Prof Ghai, who is expected to leave Fiji next week, is confident that the commissioners have done justice to the aspirations of Fijian people who made their voices heard through their submissions.

Although the draft document will be submitted tomorrow, the commission will continue until next year.

According to the commission's communications director, Mitleshni Gurdayal they needed to set up their archives, clear their emails and decide what to do with their website before their work comes to an end.


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