16 Mar 2012

Fiji police overturn SDL permit decision

9:07 am on 16 March 2012

The Fiji Police Force has overturned its decision to decline a permit for the SDL party to hold a meeting over the country's new constitution.

The party, whose leader Laisenia Qarase was ousted in the 2006 coup, had applied for a permit so party management could meet and discuss plans for its submission on the constitution.

The permit was denied yesterday without giving any reason.

The police have now reviewed the application made by the SDL Party, and approved the permit to conduct a meeting.

A statement from the Ministry of Information says all political parties and other organisations are allowed to hold meetings subject to the laws of the country.

It says the police will approve permits with the view to ensuring that law and order is maintained, and that no meetings either directly threaten or limit the ability of Fijians to freely discuss and contribute to the upcoming consultations process for a new constitution.