A CONSTITUTION must strike a delicate balance by granting the executive enough power to act effectively but not so much as to abuse the trust given to them by the people.
The Citizens Constitutional Forum made the comments in its analysis of the new Constitution.
It said Fiji's constitutions had provided for parliamentary executive bodies meaning that ministers must be members of Parliament and were answerable to the Parliament.
In that, CCF said, they must answer questions in Parliament in relation to their ministerial responsibilities and could be removed from office by a vote of no confidence by the Parliament.
"The main role of the executive arm of government is to manage the business of government on a day-to-day basis," said the CCF in its analysis.
"It usually develops proposals for laws and frames the proposals for raising and expenditure of revenue (in the budget) but always subject to approval by the Parliament.
"The executive also directs the work of the State service."
The CCF analysis said the prime minister and other ministers had powers granted by the Constitution and laws passed by Parliament.
"If they act outside those powers, there are checks to stop them, courts can give them directions, as can independent commissions and offices, Parliament can pass a motion of no confidence and ultimately, voters can choose not to elect them again."
Also, CCF said the President was the head of State and vested with the "executive authority of the State" as in 1997.
"There is no vice-president so if the President is absent or incapable, the Chief Justice acts in his or her place," said the CCF's analysis.