CCF told to withdraw Constitution booklet
07:06 TodayTaken from/By: FBC NewsReport by: Edwin Nand
The Fijian government is calling on the Citizens Constitutional Forum to immediately withdraw its 2013 Fijian Constitution Booklet. Attorney General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum says the booklet contains factual errors and deliberate omissions and must not be used for any public purpose.
“There are a number of anomalies and in fact, a couple of lies about what’s in the Constitution or what not in the Constitution. It’s very worrying because we understand activities such as this are being funded by foreign entities, governments et cetera.
More to the point, the CCF, supposedly an independent, impartial member of civil society is telling lies.”
The Attorney General’s office has found inaccurate statements in the booklet about the compulsory acquisition of land in the 2013 Constitution.
Sayed-Khaiyum says the document also makes false statements about the immunity provisions, the make-up of the Cabinet, and the Bill of Rights.
The CCF booklet has also attracted criticism for saying the Opposition Leader has diminished powers and that the Prime Minister and Attorney General have control of the Judicial Services Commission.
Sayed-Khaiyum says the booklet needs to be withdrawn immediately.
CCF Executive Director Akuila Yabaki told FBC News he wants to dialogue with the AG’s office and sit with legal advisors so that the issue can be resolved. –