11 Apr 2013

Fiji leader gives inflated submission figures

2:17 pm on 11 April 2013

Fiji's prime minister has told a radio audience that the Constitution Commission, whose work was dumped by the President three months ago, probably received half a million submissions.

Commodore Frank Bainimamara gave the figure during a Radio Fiji talkback show as his regime is collecting submissions for the draft constitution it produced last month.

While the Commission collated and published the 7,000 submissions it received last year to produce a draft, Commodore Bainimarama now says it is impossible to put 500,000 submissions into the draft.

The public has been asked to make written submissions to the regime, including by texting contributions, and the regime leader says he will move Fiji forward with the good ones.

The regime will accept submissions for another two weeks but has declined to say when it will release the constitution which is to pave the way for elections next year.

It decreed last year that the document be ready in late March, but then set a new date of April 12th before abandoning that target date.

The regime leader has said he will run for the prime ministership and expects to win.