6 Nov 2012

Fiji Labour Party hits out at regime for scrapping public scrutiny of draft constitution

1:33 pm on 6 November 2012

The Fiji Labour Party has hit out at the interim government for scrapping rules which would give all people in Fiji the chance to comment on the draft constitution.

The regime has published a new decree which says the document will go straight to the President before being debated by the regime-appointed Constituent Assembly which has yet to be formed.

The party's leader, Mahendra Chaudhry, says the constitutional process is now obviously being engineered to suit the regime's agenda and its talk of an inclusive process was just a gimmick.

He says he suspects it is because the regime does not like the overwhelming public rejection of any form of immunity for coup-makers.

Mr Chaudhry says constant interference by the regime is designed to frustrate and ridicule the Constitution Commission, making it impossible for its members to continue.

The Labour Party says other rule changes forcing the Commission to publish names and salaries of its staff open up questions about the regime's own commitment to principles of transparency and good governance.