20 Oct 2008

Fiji's National Council for Building a Better Fiji defends targetting young people

6:01 am on 20 October 2008

Fiji's National Council for Building a Better Fiji is hitting back at claims the pushing the People's Charter for Change is a form of political manipulation of young people.

The interim goverment is promoting the draft Charter among 18 year-old secondary students in Fiji, but it has received much criticism including from the Methodist Church and the ousted Prime Minister Laisenia Qarase.

A spokesperson for the Council, John Sami says the draft document is neither being forced nor is it a form of political manipulation.

He says within the draft Charter is a proposal for electoral reform, to lower the voting age from 21 to 18 and says young people are being offered the chance to have their say.

"What we are seeking to do is to outreach people, you know, the young adults, including people who are stakeholders in terms of the future of this country and their future, to make sure they're aware of what's in these draft documents, that they participate in this consultation process."

John Sami says feedback forms are being provided for the students to express their opinions on the proposed Charter.