14 Jul 2008

Draft Fiji People's Charter expected to be complete by end of this month

7:15 pm on 14 July 2008

The head of the National Council for Building a Better Fiji, John Sami, says a draft report on the proposed People's Charter should be published by the end of this month.

The interim governmant intends the Charter to be the roadmap for Fiji's progress in terms of returning to democratic elections and the incorporation of major structural changes in public administration.

Mr Sami says the Council was working towards ensuring the publication of the draft Charter coincides with the return of Commonwealth Secretariat envoy Sir Paul Reeves next month.

Sir Paul spent a week in Fiji a fortnight ago, canvassing support for a political forum to discuss electoral reforms proposed by the interim regime, which insists it will not allow general elections without a new system.

He is to return to Fiji with a draft terms of reference for next month's planned forum which is expected to be attended by all political parties and key stakeholders.

However some stakeholders who had already demanded absolute independence of any regime initiatives, may pull out of the process if the interim administration pushes its Charter at this dialogue.