1 Nov 2012

Fiji regime hits out at Constitution Commission

3:46 pm on 1 November 2012

The interim Fiji Government claims the Constitutional Commission may have compromised its impartiality after a consultant paid by the body also made a submission to it.

A former vice president, Ratu Joni Madraiwiwi, was part of a delegation that made a submission calling for Fiji to be declared a Christian state.

The interim prime minister, Frank Bainimarama, says this breaches provisions in the decree setting up the Commission that stipulated that staff and consultants must observe the non-negotiable principles and be politically neutral.

One of these principles is that Fiji be a secular state and Commodore Bainimarama says Ratu Joni's action are a clear conflict of interest.

He says to ensure transparency the government will now require the Commission to publish the names and salaries of all staff and consultants.