1997 constitution needs amendments: SDL
June 24, 2012 09:05:01 AM
Fiji’s Soqosoqo Duavata Ni Lewenivanua (SDL) has acknowledged that some amendments to the 1997 constitution is necessary.
This was discussed during their first meeting in Lautoka on Friday.
SDL party leader Laisenia Qarase in a statement said some amendments to the constitution is necessary for example the electoral system needs to be reviewed, as public opinion moves towards the principle of one man, one vote and one value.
“Other aspects of the Constitution need to be reviewed as well,” said Qarase.
He said their meeting acknowledged that the 1997 Constitution has been hailed, both locally and internationally as a comprehensive and good supreme law and as such there is no need to formulate an entirely new Constitution for Fiji.
He also said the outcome of the meeting was an overwhelming endorsement of the SDL Party’s stand and that is the retention of the 1997 Constitution, but with some amendments.
SDL party executives are hoping to have meetings in Labasa early next month and more consultations are planned for urban and rural areas.
However acting Prime Minister and Attorney General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum earlier said the 1997 constitution did not have economic and social rights but it had civil and political rights.
Sayed-Khaiyum said economic and social rights should be discussed as part of consultations on the new constitution and the main aim is to get people’s views.