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Draft change sad

Tevita Vuibau
Tuesday, January 15, 2013

FORMER Constitution commissioner Penelope Moore says the commission that prepared the draft document was "never out to get to government".

This she said was despite strong contrary sentiments from local and international organisations.

"In the past three months we were getting a strong feeling from government that we were out to get them," she said. "But this is not the case and it never was — we don't know how they got that impression."

The government rejected parts of the Ghai draft last week when it announced amendments would be made before the Constituent Assembly was allowed to deliberate over it.

"It is very sad that the draft constitution will be altered but I am glad as this is not what was agreed upon," she said.

Ms Moore was glad copies of the original draft would be made available to the Constituent Assembly.

Meanwhile, Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum echoed statements made by the President Ratu Epeli Nailatikau.

"The President has made it very clear that everyone must put their political differences aside and also disengage in political point scoring for the sake of Fiji's future," he said. "He has also explicitly stated that there are some very pertinent and positive, and universally accepted points in the Ghai Report which will benefit Fiji as a whole.

"On the same token there are other universally accepted norms that was endorsed by majority of the people of Fiji through the People's Charter which His Excellency believes must also be included in the draft for the sake of a peaceful, fair and prosperous Fiji."


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