Political parties submit concerns to PIF
September 2, 2012 7:15 pm
Fiji’s four major political parties made a joint submission on Fiji’s constitutional process to the Pacific Islands Forum.
The submission by the Soqosoqo Duavata ni Lewenivanua party, the Fiji Labour Party, the National Federation Party and the United People’s Party was submitted during the Forum leaders summit in Cook Islands last week.
The submission highlighted issues on the new decrees, media censorship,, the non-negotiable elements of the new constitution and the lack of an open and free environment.
It also states that a caretaker cabinet should be appointed by the President to oversee the process of holding general elections and restoring constitutional rule within a realistic time-frame.
Attorney General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum says apart from the few political parties majority of the Fiji population is satisfied with the work currently carried by government.
The Bainimarama government has put in place very firm and committed step forward to ensuring that we have true democracy in Fiji and we have elections conducted in a manner no longer has normally the fraud and various inconsistencies that existed under the previous systems.
Meanwhile some members of the National Federation Party claim that no consultation was made with regards to submitting the document.
NFP member Ahmad Bhanji says their party remains independent and they are not in coalition with any other party.
We are very independent party and we will be acting on our behalf and if somebody has signed it then i say it does not have the endorsement from the party hierarchy he has signed it on his personal behalf.
The document dated on the 23rd of August states there is a misconception that Fiji is truly on the road back to democracy.
The SDL Party referred all comments to UPP leader Mick Beddoes who says he will comment on the submission today.
Calls made to FLP leader Mahendra Chaudhry and NFP Leader Raman Paratap Singh were unanswered.