Allow submissions on non-negotiables: Rabuka
Taken from/By: Report by: Epeli Tukuwasa
Former Prime Minister Sitiveni Rabuka says people should be allowed to make submissions freely on the non negotiable principles in the formation of a new Constitution.
Rabuka says the principles of a secular state, immunity for the military and other issues need to be agreed to by Fijians.
He says for Fiji to have a truly democratic Constitution people should be able to decide whether the non-negotiable principles are acceptable.
The main man behind the 1997 Constitution says having pre-conditions given to the Constitutional Commission infringes on people’s freedom to speak freely and openly.
Everybody should comment on everything , the non negotiable principle is part of Governments view on the new Constitution and they should allow the people to comment.
Attorney General Aiyaz Saiyed-Khaiyum says the non-negotiables are critical for the running of a modern state.
He says non negotiable principles are part of a modern mature democracy.
Non-negotiables in the Constitution include the elimination of ethnic voting and the name Fijian to be the common national identity.