COC non-functional, says Rabuka

Prime Minister Sitiveni Rabuka being interviewed at Naboro yesterday. Picture: JONA KONATACI

The Constitutional Offices Commission (COC) is non-functional at the moment.

This was confirmed by COC chair and Prime Minister Sitiveni Rabuka.

He said this was because there was no Leader of the Opposition.

“We’re not sure who the nominees of the Leader of the Opposition are and the Leader of the Opposition should also be with the Constitutional Offices Commission,” he said.

“With that being vacant, at the moment, the COC cannot function. It’s up to the lawyers to find out how we may be able to get around that or we wait until a substantive replacement or an acting replacement is announced by the Opposition.”

FijiFirst party leader Voreqe Bainimarama, who held the position since coming into Parliament, submitted his resignation on March 8 after he was suspended for three years from Parliament.

The suspension was effective from February 17 for statements he made against the President, Ratu Wiliame Katonivere.

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