A FEW shortcomings of the 2013 Constitution was one of the main discussion points at the National Federation Party meeting in Nadi yesterday.
NFP president Raman Pratap Singh said members had been told of some issues of the new Constitution that concerned the party.
"Generally they have picked out the shortcomings of the Constitution, for example the native land, the leases on the freehold land," he said.
"We feel that they should have been entrenched within the Constitution.
"Our complaint is that it should be entrenched because they can be altered by a simple majority."
He said in the past, those provisions were entrenched and it took about two thirds of the majority to pass any provision concerning land.
"Our main concern was in regards to land and the land leases.
"The other concerns were the independence of the judiciary.
"There are certain powers going backwards in that respect."
Under the 2013 Constitution, any iTaukei land acquired by the State for a public purpose after the commencement of this Constitution under any written law shall revert to the customary owners if the land is no longer required by the State.