Fiji Attorney General: No Need To Constitutional Commission

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Sayed-Khaiyum dismisses UN Human Rights Review recommendations

SUVA, Fiji (Fijilive, Dec. 2, 2014) – Fiji's Attorney General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum has told the Fijian Parliament there is no need for a Constitutional Commission.

This was one of the 137 recommendations put to the Fijian delegation at the recent Human Rights Review in Geneva to appoint a commission that will review the constitution to ensure it is "reflective of the will of the Fijian people."

Sayed-Khaiyum told the House today the 2013 Constitution includes passages from the Ghai draft constitution, regarded by many as the people's choice, including the common identity that everyone is a Fijian.

He further said the constitution already has a provision which caters for any review of the document.

"There is no commission in place and there won’t be any commission in place has the mechanism for the review of the constitution," Sayed-Khaiyum said.

"The Fijian Constitution is quite clear. The Fijian Constitution says that the way to review the constitution is by a way of referendum - that this Honourable House has 3/4 support to amend the constitution then it can amend the constitution subject to 3/4 of the voters are registered then we can amend the constitution."

Under the constitution, amending the constitution first requires an approval by at least 3/4 of parliament, then a 75 per cent majority vote by the registered voters.

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