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Relocation

Nasik Swami
Tuesday, March 04, 2014

Parliament is set to make a return to the hub of the Capital City this year.

Government has announced the old Parliament at Government Buildings will be renovated to house Fiji's first 50-member Parliament under the new Constitution following the proposed general election in September this year.

Attorney-General and Minister Responsible for Elections Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum said renovation works would start soon while the total cost of the relocation has yet to be released.

"The new Parliament that will sit under the 2013 Constitution after the elections, and a decision has been made that Parliament will now be moved," Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said.

"It already has the infrastructure that's in place. It has its own separate entrance. It's part of the Government Building complex, closer to the Prime Minister's Office."

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said with the relocation of the Parliament to the Government Building, Supreme Court, the Court of Appeal and the Family Court will be moved to the Veiuto complex.

He said while $1million was allocated by Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama in the 2014 nation Budget for the refurbishment of the Parliament Complex in Veiuto, the cost for this relocation would be minimal compared to what would have been spent on renovating the parliamentary complex in Veiuto.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said the moving of the courts will provide more privacy to people who have matters before those courts.

"In respect of the Parliament being relocated to the Government Buildings, it also means that the various political parties that will have their political party offices, they will be a lot more accessible to members of the public.

"It is walking distance from the bus stand; it's near the media organisations, closer to town so it provides lots more accessibility to members of the public."

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum also confirmed some donor countries have offered to help support the set-up.

Fact file:

- Fijian Parliament dates from October 10, 1970

- The Parliament replaced the former colonial legislative body, the Legislative Council, which had existed in various forms throughout the entire colonial period.

- It has the House of Representatives

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said with the relocation of the Parliament to the Government Building, Supreme Court, the Court of Appeal and the Family Court would be moved to the Veiuto complex.

He said while $1million was allocated by Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama in the 2014 budget for the refurbishment of the Parliament Complex in Veiuto, the cost for this relocation would be minimal compared to what would have been spent on renovating the parliamentary complex in Veiuto.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said the relocation of the courts would provide more privacy to people who have matters before those courts.

"In respect of the Parliament being relocated to the Government Buildings, it also means that the various political parties that will have their political party offices, they will be a lot more accessible to members of the public.

"It is walking distance from the bus stand; it's near the media organisations, closer to town so it provides lots more accessibility to members of the public."

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum confirmed some donor countries had offered to support the set-up.


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