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CONSTITUTION SUBMISSION

October 13, 2012 1:02 am

FLP Leader Mahendra Chaudhary told the Constitution Commission yesterday that his party sees no need to change the communal voting system or reduce the number of seats in parliament.

“We propose that the 71 members be elected as follows reserve seats there be 26 seats reserved for various communities that make up Fiji to be shared..indigenous Fijians 12, indo Fijians 10 rotumans 1 general electors 3”

Chaudhry maintained that the 1997 Constitution needs to be retained with amendments and that the military should never be allowed to take over power.

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Chaudhry has also called for forty five open seats to be filled in the fifty three member heterogeneous constituencies and there should be an allocation for seats for women in parliament.

Meanwhile, Fiji Public Service Association General Secretary Rajeshwar Singh proposed to the Commission the removal of some decrees.

“removal of the draconian decrees and the enshrinement of fair just and dignified level of and practices of the Fiji national constitution remains the legitimate justified expectation of thousands of workers in Fiji”.

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