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Call for changes

Ana Madigibuli
Thursday, August 28, 2014

A MAJOR change that is to take place in the Methodist Church constitution is the term and appointments of the Methodist Church president, vice-president and general secretary.

Out of the number of changes suggested by the church divisions during the constitutional review, the terms and appointments of church leaders was the main issue raised.

Methodist Church in Fiji legal adviser Simione Valenitabua said the constitutional review was an ongoing process for the church which began two years ago.

He said two years ago a draft church constitution was formulated which was presented to the conference last year.

"There a number of changes and one of the main changes in the constitution is the term of the president of the church, the vice-president and the general secretary and their appointments," Mr Valenitabua said.

"The inclusion of the investment arm of the church which is the Methodist Church in Fiji's Holding Trust is something we are also reviewing in the constitution. There will be further suggestions from the various divisions when they come for the second reading next year and the changes are an ongoing thing and it does not end here."

He said this year the constitution had been presented for the first reading.

"The draft is taken to the various church divisions for their alterations and it will be presented next year for further debate and then it's passed as a final constitution.

"Various church divisions have come up with their suggestions and the conference has appointed a constitutional review committee that will be going through all the suggestions."

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