Fiji Government Publishes Braille Version Of Constitution

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Advocates say document will help blind voters participate

MELBOURNE, Australia (Radio Australia, April 7, 2014) – Fiji's Constitution is available in Braille for the first time.

The first Braille version of Fiji's Constitution has been released.

The United Blind Persons Association of Fiji says the interim government agreed to publish the constitution in Braille after receiving a submission from the nation's disabled community.

The Association's Rosie Senikula has told Pacific Beat the disabled sector was also able to have input into the 2013 constitution.

"There were several meetings that were taking place last year regarding submissions from each of the affiliated organisations of Fiji Disabled Federation and there was a submission submitted to the government," she said.

Informed voters

Members of the blind community can access the document at the Fiji School for the Blind in Suva.

Ms Senikula says being able to read the constitution will help inform blind voters ahead of the September election.

"Our members have been registering themselves for the elections and at least with the constitution in Braille, it will give them a great boost in feeling free to be part of the elections as well," she said.

The Fiji constitution is also available in English, iTaukei and a Hindu translation is presently being worked on.

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