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Amend Constitution with time, says PDP

Avinesh Gopal
Monday, September 16, 2013

THE People's Democratic Party believes future generations should be allowed to freely amend the Constitution according to the needs of their time.

PDP spokesman Nirmal Singh said the new Constitution was a living document.

"The US Constitution was amended 13 times in its first year of adoption, so there is no reason why we can't change the Fijian Constitution according to the needs of the people and the future generations," said the former US Embassy employee.

"While we have some reservations on certain provisions, nonetheless we believe the government has made credible steps towards the 2014 elections and we would like to support the process towards a free and fair election.

"The PDP also believes credit should be given to the government for reducing the voting age to 18 years and introducing the one man, one vote, one value system."

Mr Singh said the PDP was happy that the Constitution removed racial considerations and had strengthened iTaukei land rights.

He said the party would move forward and prepare itself to contest all 50 seats in the next elections.


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