29 Jul 2004

Political leaders in PNG to consider latest version of Bougainville constitution

7:28 pm on 29 July 2004

Political leaders on the Papua New Guinea island of Bougainville are expected early next month to consider the third and final version of their draft constitution.

The Constitutional Commission completed its work on the third draft last Friday and the document, along with a separate paper spelling out the Commission's justifications for changes, is about to go to the printers.

The President of the People's Congress, Joseph Kabui, says as soon as this is done the Bougainville Constituent Assembly will be convened.

He says this body is made up of the Congress and the Interim Government, headed by Governor John Momis.

"Both bodies will combine and form the Assembly, primarily to consider the draft that the Commission is to present to them in due course."