World Video | Defence | Foreign Affairs | Natural Events | Trade | NZ in World News | NZ National News Video | NZ Regional News | Search

 

Four Main Parties In Fiji Poll Back Constitution

USP Pacific Journalism Online: http://www.usp.ac.fj/journ/ USP Pasifik Nius: http://www.usp.ac.fj/journ/nius/index.html USP Pasifik Nius stories on Scoop (NZ): http://www.scoop.co.nz/international.htm Wansolwara Online: http://www.usp.ac.fj/journ/docs/news/index.html Have your say: http://www.TheGuestBook.com/vgbook/109497.gbook


Four Main Parties In Fiji Poll Back Constitution

http://www.usp.ac.fj/journ/docs/news/wansolnews/wansol2508012.html


By ATERINA SAMASONI: August 25, 2001 Wansolwara Online (USP)

SUVA (Pasifik Nius): Four of Fiji's major political parties contesting the general election beginning today still support the 1997 constitution as the supreme law of the land, according to a citizens advocacy group.

But Citizens Constitutional Forum (CCF) executive director Rev Akuila Yabaki today warned the successful party not to rush towards a review of the 1997 constitution.

Rev Yabaki said that rushing a review would "root out a tender young coconut".

"You have to let it grow, as it will then reproduce with multiple benefits for all the citizens of Fiji," he said.

The CCF has just conducted an analysis of party manifestos and their positions on the constitution.

In a statement today, the CCF reported that the Fiji Labour Party (FLP), New Labour Unity Party (NLUP), Nationalist Federation Party (NFP) and the Fijian Association Party (FAP) were looking to minor amendments of the constitution but showed full support of the document.

The survey also found that the two major indigenous parties, the Soqosoqo Duavata ni Lewenivanua (SDL) and Soqosoqo ni Vakavulewa ni Taukei (SVT), were campaigning in favour of a complete review of the 1997 constitution.

This meant the abolition of the 1997constitution or major sections being amended, reported the CCF.

The Conservative Alliance, which backs coup frontman George Speight, also supported amendments to the constitution, the CCF said.

The United General Voters party believed the section on indigenous rights in the constitution needed to be reviewed while the General Voters Party agreed with the approach of the larger parties.

On the first day of voting today, radio reports said several delays caused disappointment to voters.

FM96 reported that one major delay was in Lau province when the boat carrying election officials arrived hours late.

According to FM 96, most voters were asking election officials to speed up the process to avoid long queues.

In an editorial, the Fiji Times said this election looked like a peaceful one with supervision by unarmed security forces.

It said it hoped the "readiness" of the military would not need to be tested.

Commenting on voting delays, the paper said: "If the 1999experience is anything to go by, voters may face frustration in various forms in the coming week. Mostly it will be caused by long waits at polling stations.

"But if the nation can vote in peace it will be worth the wait."

The Fiji Sun said the people of Fiji deserved a pat on their back for the election.

"For during those dark days of madness and terror triggered by the May 19 coup, no one would have thought that we would come this far."


+++niuswire

This document is for educational and research use only. Recipients should seek permission from the copyright source before reprinting. PASIFIK NIUS service is provided by the niusedita via the Journalism Program, University of the South Pacific. Please acknowledge Pasifik Nius: journ@usp.ac.fj http://www.usp.ac.fj/journ/nius/index.html

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
World Headlines

 

Covid: 250 Groups Urge WTO Chief To Ditch Pharma-Friendly Approach And Embrace Vaccine Patent Waiver

by Jake Johnson, staff writer An international coalition of 250 civil society groups on Tuesday urged the head of the World Trade Organization to embrace a temporary suspension of coronavirus vaccine-related patents, warning against pursuit of a voluntary ... More>>

Samoa’s Stunning Election Result: On The Verge Of A New Ruling Party For The First Time In 40 Years

Tamasailau Suaalii Sauni , University of Auckland and Patricia A. O'Brien , Georgetown University Samoan politics is on a knife edge. After the country voted in general elections on April 9, counting so far has resulted in a dead heat between the two ... More>>

Timor-Leste: UN Agencies Support Response In Wake Of Deadly Floods

United Nations agencies in Timor-Leste are supporting response efforts, as floods and landslides left widespread damage across the country, including in the capital, Dili. According to media reports, at least 21 people died in the country and many ... More>>

Focus On: UN SDGs

UN: Growing Calls For Revamping Development Financing To Ensure Sustainable Global Recovery From COVID-19 Pandemic

Forum to highlight new initiatives to tackle inequalities exacerbated by pandemic With many economies reeling as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, and as inequalities continue to widen, world leaders will discuss options to unlock concrete investments ... More>>

How Can We Vaccinate The World? Five Challenges Facing The UN-Backed COVAX Programme

The aim of the UN-backed COVAX scheme is to get two billion vaccine doses into the arms of around a quarter of the population of poorer countries by the end of 2021. What are the main challenges that need to be overcome, if this historic global effort ... More>>

Department Of Global Communications: UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ Message For World Health Day 2021

5 APRIL 2021 As COVID-19 Reveals Immoral Inequities in Health System, Secretary-General Observance Message Calls for Applying Policies, Assigning Resources to Ensure Everyone Thrives Following is UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ message for World ... More>>