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CCF empowers people on Constitution

Shayal Devi
Wednesday, May 14, 2014

EDUCATING, enlightening and empowering people about Fiji's 2013 Constitution was the key focus of a series of workshops conducted by the Citizens Constitutional Forum in the country.

A similar workshop was held in Ba last week for members of the farming community.

According to CCF communications officer Nazeem Kasim, the organisation also focused on key issues within the Constitution such as the Bill of Rights, election and good governance.

"With elections less than five months away, CCF strongly believes the grassroots people need to know their rights especially their political rights, which is in chapter 2 subsection 23 of the Bill of Rights," he said.

"...We had 35 participants from the canefarming community in Soweri, Golf Link Ba and they are part of the workshop which is funded by the European Union and Conciliation Resources — a non-government organisation based in London.

"Similar workshops were conducted in the community of Garampani, which is five kilometres from Tavua Town on the May 6 and 7 where 35 participants attended."

Mr Kasim said the workshop covered the Bill of Rights. "We focussed specifically on political rights and the voting rights of the public in the September polls."

He said it was important to educate people on their rights as Fijian citizens as guaranteed in the Constitution so that people could be empowered and well-informed.

"The citizens of Fiji have the right to be informed on the election processes, their rights in chapter two of the Constitution on who is eligible to vote, why it is important to vote and most importantly, how people can choose good leaders.

"The public needs to be informed so that they can make an informed decision in their own governances in the communities as well at the national level."

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