4 Oct 2012

CCF calls for legal coherence in drawing up new Fiji constitution

2:48 pm on 4 October 2012

The Citizens Constitutional Forum in Fiji has made its submission to the constitutional commission, calling for legal coherence between the 1997 constitution and the process of forming the new one.

Its chief executive, the Reverend Akuila Yabaki, says giving the coup perpetrators immunity did nothing in the past to avoid further coups and won't avoid future ones either.

He says a caretaker administration needs to be put in place by the constituent assembly in the lead up to the 2014 elections, with the assembly representative of all parts of society.

He says that would ensure that the interim Government has some distance from the finalisation of the new constitution without the power to pick and choose what it likes.

"When you've got that, it's almost like a raw Parliament, you've got a sense of authority there. People are being represented there. You can't have a Government that, having gone through the process says alright, thank you very much, we're going to decide what we're going to do. No, that's not the way. It's not the intention of the whole process."

The Reverend Akuila Yabaki says the CCF is due in court tomorrow regarding the contempt of court charge brought against it in July.