7 Jan 2013

Fiji Constitution Commissioner member reported to counter Ghai claims

1:49 pm on 7 January 2013

A member of the Fiji Constitution Commission is reported to have countered claims of interference by the commission's chairperson.

The Fiji Sun reports that Professor Satendra Nandan told the newspaper the work of the body was made easier by the fact that there was no interference.

That contradicts the claims of massive interference from the interim government made by the commission's head, Professor Yash Ghai.

The draft constitution, which is based on 7,000 submissions, was made public a week ago.

Professor Nandan also told the Sun the commission did not decide to print extra copies and he had been unaware of the 600 being printed by Professor Ghai.

The new constitution is to replace the 1997 document, which the regime abrogated nearly four years ago when the appeal court ruled that the post-coup interim government was illegal.

The interim prime minister is to appoint a Constituent Assembly to finalise the document.