26 Oct 2007

Fiji's interim Attorney General apologises for blunder

11:00 am on 26 October 2007

Fiji's interim attorney general, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, has offered a profuse apology for a blunder which led to Adi Koila Mara Nailatikau being named the chair of the Constituency Boundaries Commission.

Adi Koila was named on Wednesday but it has since emerged that according to the Constitution she was not eligible to be appointed.

This is because the Constitution does not allow anyone who has been a member of either house of parliament in the preceding four years to take up the chair of the Commission.

Adi Koila was a member of the last Senate which was dismissed after the military takeover in December last year.

Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum says he has apologised to the President's Office and to Adi Koila for the embarrassment he has caused them.

He says the mistake was an oversight for which he is entirely responsible and he regrets it.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum says neither the president nor the prime minister had any knowledge that the appointment was in breach of the constitution.

He says the interim government will now look for a new chair for the Constituency Boundaries Commission as soon as possible.