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300 want in

Nanise Loanakadavu
Friday, January 04, 2013

ABOUT 300 applications have been received by the Prime Minister's Office from individuals and organisations hoping to become members of the Constituent Assembly.

The much awaited Constituent Assembly will debate and adopt the draft constitution prepared by the Constitution Commission.

Permanent secretary to the Prime Minister's Office, Colonel Pio Tikoduadua yesterday said a whole range of applications were received from individuals, religious organisations, political parties, non-government organisations and civil societies.

He said the membership wouldconstitute a fair representation of society.

"The term for expressions of interest has come to an end," Col. Tikoduadua said.

"We are in the process of collating all applications before they are submitted to the Prime Minister," he said.

On Tuesday, December 11, last year, an advertisement was published in one of the dailies, setting out the duties of the assembly and the conditions under which its members would be appointed.

Under the Fiji constitutional process (Constituent Assembly and Adoption of Constitution) Decree 2012 the chairperson and members of the assembly would 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. 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 (Constitution Commission) Decree 2012 the Constituent Assembly will hold its first meeting on the second week of January and the work of the Constituent Assembly is to be completed at the latest by the end of the third week of March.





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