Report by: Apisalome Coka
Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama says, the draft Constitution spells the way forward for a new Fiji.
Bainimarama says people who believe in good governance, will admire the provisions in the draft Constitution.
“Many of the provisions of the Ghai draft that dealt with women separately have been removed, including that which required a certain number of women to be on a political party’s list of candidates. As a nation we need to encourage more women to get involved in the upcoming elections, but the Constitution should promote equality in all forms, not encourage division of any sort.”
Bainimarama adds iTaukei land is given more protection than ever before and members of the public should not be misled by rumours.
“Please do not be misled by certain politicians and NGO’s that are trying to sow the seeds of fear and mistrust. This is the sort of old politics that we must not allow to creep back into our national dialogue.”
The draft constitution was drawn up by a legal team at the Solicitor General’s Office.