FIJI NEWS
July 19, 2012 12:00:00 AM
  Follow @ Twitter

The Constituent Assembly will be guided by the Fiji Constituent Process (Constitution Assembly and Adoption of Constitution) Decree 2012.

This is a new decree endorsed by cabinet this week to ensure the draft constitution inculcates provisions such as the non-negotiable principles set out by Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama during his announcement in March.  

“Once the President receives the draft constitution, he will then present it to the constituent assembly, that is governed by the Fiji Constituent Process (Constituent Assembly and Adoption of Constitution) Decree, that is the other set of laws that will apply to them,” said Attorney General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum.

Sayed-Khaiyum said the decree sets out the qualification of the members of the assembly, the procedures of the assembly and it also looks at how the media will participate in the process and the provision where the public can hear the proceedings and debate by the assembly.

He said there are also provisions for the continuation of the secretariat of the Constitutional Commission to continue its work for assembly if the assembly wishes.

Once the assembly hands over its review of the draft, the President then forwards it to the Chief Justice, who within seven days shall appoint a five-member tribunal.

This tribunal will then consider whether the draft complies with the provisions of the decree, the non-negotiable principle and the immunity provisions.

“It is their job to ensure that the draft given to the President in fact complies with the decree,” he said.

If the tribunal believes there are certain amendments to be made, the President will give it back to the assembly with the note that they look at these provisions or the clauses that might not be compliant with this decree.

“If it is compliant with the decree, then the President will essentially assent to the Constitution and then that Constitution will become the Constitution of the Republic of Fiji,” he said.

The assembly will be appointed in January 2013.

By Mereani Gonedua
 
 

Uptown


PREVIOUS STORY
New vaccines for women and children
NEXT STORY
Bainimarama not surprised by kill plot

Post a Comment
Bookmark and Share

 


Posted Comments
No comments, but you can post the first comment!
   





Has the free education scheme including free textbooks and busfare subsidy helped reduce costs incurred in your annual back-to-school shopping?
 Yes
 No


Poll Results: Current | Previous

Has the free education scheme including free textbooks and busfare subsidy helped reduce costs incurred in your annual back-to-school shopping?
Yes
 51%
No
 49%



More Polls
Press Esc to close this window
BUSINESS
Westpac sells operations in 5 PICs to BSPWestpac Banking Corporation today announced the sale of its banking operations in five Pacific Island countries to the Bank of South Pacific Ltd (BSP) for A$125 million.
SPORTS
Viriviri eager to shine more in 7s rugby2014 IRB World Sevens Player of the Year, Samisoni Viriviri is happy to rejoin the Vodafone Fiji 7s team for Wellington and Las Vegas 7s and says he has a vital role to play for the country.
WORLD
'Green'-tinted SUVs at Seoul Motor ShowGas-guzzling SUVs, eco-friendly electric cars and the odd brave attempt to marry the selling points of both are taking centre stage at the biennial Seoul Motor Show.
TECHNOLOGY
Vodafone Fiji, Tonga telco in allianceVodafone Fiji and Tonga Communications Corporation today signed a strategic partnership alliance that will allow the Tongan company to leverage off the experience of their Fijian counterparts.
ENTERTAINMENT
No Flex Zone brothers release debut albumRae Sremmurd (read it backwards), who released last’s year’s catchy hit No Flex Zone, has released their debut album.
HEALTH/FITNESS
Clean-up day to curb dengue outbreakFiji's Ministry of Health has declared a clean-up day next Thursday for residents in the central division as it ups the tempo against a dengue fever outbreak currently experienced in the country.
NEWS SPORTS INFOTAINMENT SERVICES MOBILE EXTRA HOT TOPICS