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No one will get in our way: PM

November 6, 2012 6:04 pm

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama is assuring the country that no one will get in the way of his Government’s commitment to having a free and fair election in 2014.

Bainimarama was responding to comments by the Chairman of the Constitution Commission, Professor Yash Ghai on Radio Australia that questioned the Government’s attitude.

Ghai claims there will be elimination in the process where the draft constitution will be placed before the public and they will have a few weeks to
discuss and debate it before the Constituent Assembly meets.

However, Bainimarama says there will be ample scope for public discussion once the Constituent Assembly starts its deliberations – once a document is ready.

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He adds Ghai needs to comprehend that his function is to produce a Constitution and submit it to the President.

Ghai also alleged the Government has removed powers from the Commission to exam existing laws for possible incompatibility with the draft constitution.

He also claimed massive interference with emails from the Prime Minister to ‘do this or not to do that.’

Bainimarama refutes this saying the claim of harassment is totally without foundation – adding Ghai can decide for himself whether he wants to be a part of the process.

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