21 Mar 2012

National Federation Party says meeting will test regime freedom claims

3:08 pm on 21 March 2012

The General Secretary of Fiji's National Federation Party, Pramod Rae, says its party meeting next month will test regime claims of inclusive and free consultations on the new constitution.

The NFP has been granted a permit by police to hold its first formal meeting since the consultation process was announced after at first being told it would not get one.

Mr Rae says it is easier to get a permit now but there is still a cloud hanging over people and such restrictions should be removed.

"Your palms begin to sweat whether or not your permit will be granted and then once a permit is granted there are conditions on the number of people who can attend, number of vehicles, whether loudspeakers can be used or not. You've got to provide an agenda, names of people who are going to be speaking."

Pramod Rae says his party will decide on whether to take part in the consultation process at the 15th April meeting.