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No need for meet permit

Nasik Swami
Friday, December 28, 2012

THE Fijian government has further suspended requirements for permits to meet in a public place.

This came into effect following amendments to the Fiji Constitutional Process (Constituent Assembly and Adoption of Constitution) Decree 2012 yesterday.

A government statement said the requirement to obtain permits for meetings in a public place was suspended from July 2012 until the Constitution Commission presented the draft constitution to the President, Ratu Epeli Nailatikau.

The statement said the next stage of the constitutional process involved the appointment of the Constituent Assembly which would debate and adopt the draft constitution from January 2013.

It said given the members of the assembly would be required to hold meetings, discuss the draft constitution and facilitate public consultation, government decided that the requirement under the Public Order Act to obtain permits for meetings in a public place be further suspended until such time when the President assents to the new constitution.