Fiji Parliamentary Complex Ready For First Sitting

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State of the art facility most advanced, modern in the Pacific

By Torika Chandra

SUVA, Fiji (Fiji Times, Oct. 1, 2014) – We are ready for the first sitting of Parliament. These were the words of the new Secretary-General to Parliament, Viniana Namosimalua.

Mrs Namosimalua said while the President of Fiji Ratu Epeli Nailatikau was yet to make a declaration for the first parliament sitting, her team and the Parliament complex were ready for the first sitting scheduled for October 6.

"The technical side and the staff are ready for the first sitting. We are ready," Mrs Namosimalua said.

She said the induction of Members of Parliament in Suva yesterday was the final preparation phase for the first sitting of parliament.

She said her staff members who were all relatively new to parliament procedures were continuously going through rehearsals to help prepare them for the big day.

According to UNDP resident representative Osnat Lubrani, the new Parliament complex had state-of-the-art equipment, technology and expertise which made it the most advanced and modern parliament in the Pacific.

"The parliament will have the latest Hansard reporting software that will make it easier to ensure there are accurate records of the proceedings in parliament," Ms Lubrani said.

Members of Parliament, she said, would be voting electronically "which will have the benefit of speeding up the proceedings" and also ensure votes were "fully recorded".

Ms Lubrani said parliament would now be the central institution where the people of Fiji expected their voices to be heard.

"We very much hope that the parliament will be the place and the space for very robust, but respectful, debate and discussion, a parliament where differing opinions can be voiced but also where consensus can be found."

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