30 Sep 2014

Election only the beginning says Fiji's CCF chief

4:10 pm on 30 September 2014

The CEO of Fiji's Citizens Constitutional Forum says the group has a lot of work ahead of it to empower people after the recent election.

Akuila Yabaki says CCF is hoping to carry on with its civic education programme of so-called "conversations" which was stopped before the election after the group's investigation by Fiji's anti-corruption agency.

The Reverend Yabaki says the election two weeks ago was only the start of the transition to democracy.

"Given the space that we have earned, the next four years should be fully utilised to empower the people to participate in change and a lot of training needs to be done because what they call the coup culture and the severe censorship, people are kind of debilitated in using their own power to be part of the change."

The Reverend Yabaki says CCF will start by trying to get a freedom of information bill introduced to parliament.