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Concerns over document rewrite

Felix Chaudhary
Tuesday, January 15, 2013

THE Fiji Women's Crisis Centre says the draft constitution prepared by Professor Yash Ghai and the Constitution Commission was a true reflection of what the people of Fiji want.

And FWCC co-ordinator Shamima Ali said any attempt to rewrite the document or use only portions of the initial draft would go against the 7000 people who took time out to make their views, dreams and desires known.

Ms Ali was responding to Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama's announcement that a government legal team would amend the draft constitution before presenting it to the Constituent Assembly.

Commodore Bainimarama said this was to ensure that the document was positive, addressed fundamental issues of good governance, and would result in an enduring constitution that guaranteed true democracy.

"The Constitution Commission had prepared its draft after extensive consultations with all sectors of Fijian society," Ms Ali said.