3 Jan 2013

Fiji military insists on decree process to deal with constitution

3:18 pm on 3 January 2013

Fiji's military says the leaking of the country's draft constitution should be seen as a breach of the law, not the promotion of transparency.

The head of the Constitutional Commission, Professor Yash Ghai, released the draft to a number of groups after police confiscated printed copies and burned proofs of the document.

He says it makes no sense to say that the draft cannot be released, and is adamant he hasn't broken law.

The Land Forces Commander, Colonel Mosese Tikoitoga, says there is no problem with people seeing the draft, but the law needs to be followed.

"It will eventually go to the people for discussion, through the Constituent Assembly, who will then take it down to the constituents that they are responsible for, and discuss that at that level. Ands that's how the process should have worked. And that is the process that will be abided by. The fact that people are cutting corners, so what is the point of having a Constituent Assembly?"

Fiji's Land Forces Commander, Colonel Mosese Tikoitoga.