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'We need to go back to the people'

Shalveen Chand
Monday, July 14, 2014

THE common name for all Fijians is one of the issues the People's Democratic Party will take back to the people for consultations if they come into power.

And the name will be removed if the majority are against it.

Party deputy leader Adi Sivia Qoro said like other things in the Constitution, the common name had been forced on to the people.

When questioned that the common name unified all races and removing it would cause divisions, Adi Sivia said she had a different view.

"I don't think it will create divisions, what we need to do is go back to the people who initially owned this name to be consulted.

"Most of the things that happens in the country, the people have never been consulted," she said.

"We have spoken to the people and their concern is that they have not been consulted on a lot of major issues that are happening in this country.

"They have never been consulted, and PDP believes that we need to go back to the people affected and consult on having one name for all of us.

"We need an identity, we need a national identity, that's a fact, but there is a need to preserve the group rights within the national identity. It's not division."

PDP candidate Aman Singh said according to the party there was a mixed view on the matter.

"At the moment there is a portion of the population which accepts the name and another which doesn't.

"We want a common identity, we are not saying we are going to change that, all we are saying is let there be consultations and acceptance," he said.

PDP leader leader Felix Anthony said it was something the people would have to decide for themselves.

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