13 Apr 2012

Murray hopeful for Fiji consultation process

1:34 pm on 13 April 2012

The newly announced member of Fiji's five-member constitutional commission says she believes there is work to do for people to be able to speak freely in the constitutional process.

Christina Murray is Professor of Constitutional and Human Rights Law at the University of Cape Town, and served on committees for South Africa and Kenya's constitutions.

Professor Murray says she has experience in dealing with the issues that public consultation raises.

"Clearly to have proper public consultations, the public has to be able to speak freely. And from what I understand of Fijian politics at the moment, something is going to have to be done about that. Of the members of the commission, the only person I know is Professor Ghai, and I know that he will be insistent as chairperson that the process is open and that it gives people a real opportunity to contribute."

Professor Christina Murray.

The interim government says it will name the final commission member, another Fijian, shortly.

The regime abolished the constitution in 2009 after the appeal court ruled that the interim government was illegal.