FIRST DRAFT OF SOLOMONS CONSTITUTION SUBMITTED

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HONIARA, Solomon Islands (SIBC, April 3) - Prime Minister Sir
Allan Kemakeza today received the legislative drafting instructions, which could
form the basis of Solomon Islands new Federal Constitution.

The drafting instructions were handed to the Minister for
Provincial Government and Rural Development, Walton Naezon by constitutional
lawyer Graham Powell.

The hand over was done in the presence of the Permanent
Secretary Department of Provincial Government, John Tuhaika and the
Co-coordinator of the UNDP funded constitution reform project Henry Kellam.

On receiving the 100-page document, Naezon thanked donor
agencies which provided funds for the project and others who had assisted in the
task of putting together the document.

Naezon pledged that he would do his best to schedule the
document for parliament approval in its July to August meeting.

The compilation of the drafting instructions mark the end of a
comprehensive community based consultation covering all nine provinces of the
country.

These consultations were carried by teams deployed under the
UNDP assisted constitution reform project.

Constitutional lawyer Powell, who left the country today at the
end of his assignment, said the document is quite comprehensive, setting the
framework for the new constitution of Solomon Islands.

He said it is a document that can now go to Cabinet for its
approval, before the government's Legal Draftsman and the Attorney General’s
office could have the task of turning the document into a draft federal
constitution.

April 4, 2003

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