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Understand non-negotiable terms: PM

August 11, 2012 7:50 pm

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama is urging people to read the non-negotiable principles of the new constitution before making submissions.

The comment comes after people continue to make submissions against the non-negotiable principles.

These include – Fiji will be a secular state, the elimination of ethnic voting and Fijian to be the common national identity.

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A lot of the submissions made to the Constitution Commission calls for Fiji to be a Christian state.

Bainimarama has made it clear – that no church or religion will be given the upper hand.

“It’s not going to be a Hindu state. It’s not going to be a Muslim State. It’s not going to be a Christian state. It’s going to recognize all religions and churches in Fiji.”

He adds the removal of ethnic based voting is a given and will not be restored.

“People are still coming up to say we should vote on communal lines when there is elimination of ethnic voting. People should read the non-negotiable and think seriously of what they can offer to the Constitution Commission.”

The submitting of views on the new constitution is picking up momentum.

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