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It's your choice, says PS

Nasik Swami
Thursday, April 04, 2013

PERMANENT secretary for Information Sharon Smith-Johns said members of the public could make submissions to the government regarding the draft constitution in any language comfortable to them.

Ms Smith-Johns said it was the people's choice — they could email their submissions, text or put it in paper either in Hindustani, iTaukei or the English language.

"Submissions can be made to the government in any vernacular. It is on the people to choose," she said.

Ms Smith-Johns said all submissions from the public regarding the draft constitution were handled by the Solicitor General's office.

She said the provincial administrators and district officers had received the copy of the draft constitution which they would be taking to maritime and rural areas around the country for consultations.

Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama has reiterated the need for the public to read and understand the draft constitution and provide feedback.

During his recent trip to the Western Division where he opened a few infrastructural projects, the head of government urged the public to ensure they provided relevant and constructive feedback to ensure their views were taken into consideration in moving the country forward.

"I would like to remind you that our path to parliamentary democracy is before us. It is marked by a new constitution and it will take us to elections next year," he had said.

Commodore Bainimarama urged the people to comment on the draft constitution as they were the Constituent Assembly.