15 Oct 2012

Fiji's NFP pushes for independent commission for military

4:37 pm on 15 October 2012

Fiji's National Federation Party has recommended that an Independent Armed Services Commission be formed to oversee the recruitment and promotions within the Fiji Military Forces.

According to FBC News, the proposal has been made by the NFP's General Secretary Parmod Rae in a submission to the Constitution Commission.

Mr Rae says the military should have equal representation of all races in the country.

The military has traditionally been dominated by Fijians, with little change to the forces' make-up since the last coup which has been billed as a move to root out racism in politics.

Mr Rae says the new constitution should provide for the principle and mechanism of civilian control of the armed forces.