25 Oct 2007

Fiji's newly appointed Boundaries Commission chair departs to live in Melbourne

11:46 am on 25 October 2007

The first chair of Fiji's newly appointed Boundaries Commission has clarified that she had to step down from the position because her husband is moving to Melbourne for work reasons.

Ulamila Fa-Tuituku has told the Fiji Times their plans to move to Melbourne had not been finalised when the interim government announced her name to chair the commission.

Mrs Fa-Tuituku says it was a case of having to decide whether to move to Melbourne to be with her husband and son or taking up the challenge to chair the commission.

She says she had accepted the position in the first place because she wanted to help the nation move forward.

Meanwhile, the Fiji Times reports that the appointment of Mrs Fa-Tuituku's business partner, Adi Koila Mara Nailatikau, to replace her may be unconstitutional.

The newspaper says this is because the constitution prevents any person who in the previous four years been a member of either House of Parliament from being a member of the Boundaries Commission.

Adi Koila was a member of the Senate which was dismissed after the military takeover.

The interim attorney general, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, is quoted as saying he did not know she was a member of the Senate and would get the matter clarified.