2013 Fiji Constitution To Be Finalized Without Changes

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No petitions for revision reportedly received by government

SUVA, Fiji (Fijilive, Dec. 31, 2013) – Fiji's 2013 Constitution will be finalised today and it is likely to be done with no changes made to the document since it was assented to by President Ratu Epeli Nailatikau in September this year.

Between 7 September when the constitution was signed into law by the head of state, and 17 December, no proposal had been received by government to repeal, replace, revise or alter any provision of the constitution.

From tomorrow, if any amendment is to be made, the Bill for an act to amend the constitution must first be passed by parliament.

If it's passed, the speaker will notify the president who will then refer the Bill to the Electoral Commission.

The commission will then conduct a referendum.

If three quarters of the total number of registered voters vote in favour of the Bill, the president must then assent to the Bill. This may come into force on the date of the presidential assent or on other date as prescribed in the Bill.

Meanwhile, there has been mixed reaction to the amendment process with some insisting it's too rigid and there should be an easier method to amend the constitution in view of unforeseen challenges in future.

However, Attorney General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum says the amendment process is done up the way it is to protect the Bill of Rights.

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