FIJIANS will have the right to correct all administrative decisions once the new Constitution is promulgated on Friday.
And under the Freedom of Information clause, the details of any decision made where permits or development applications have been declined will be made available to the applicant on request.
According to acting Prime Minister and Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, this new process will come into effect once President Ratu Epeli Nailatikau endorses the new document.
"As part of that, under the Bill of Rights, every Fijian will have the right to correct and have corrected all administrative decisions," he said.
"If, for example, in any of the government records your name is registered incorrectly, it is your right and it is the duty of the civil servant, whether it's the Births, Deaths and Marriages Registry or the Commissioner Western's office, to correct it for you."
Speaking on Monday at the opening of the new Lautoka Births, Deaths and Marriages Registry and elections registration office, Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said numerous complaints had been received about incorrect names being registered and corrections not being made.
"The second thing is, as part and parcel of this new Constitution, we also have freedom of information which means any decision which is made about you or any decision made on any application you have made — you have the right to be able to see how that decision was arrived at.
"For example, if you have applied for a taxi permit or applied for housing assistance with the Commissioner Western's office and if it has been rejected — you will have the right, after the Constitution comes into effect, to find out exactly how that decision was made, who made the decision and what documents were used to arrive at that decision — that will be your right."