22 Mar 2013

Honesty doubted in new Fiji constitution consultation process

1:47 pm on 22 March 2013

A member of Fiji's former Constitutional Commission doubts the honesty of the Prime Minister's new consultation process.

Peni Moore was one of the five members of the commission that presented their draft last year to the Government, and leaked it when it was scrapped.

The Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama last night told Fijians they would be the Constituent Assembly, after announcing the proposed group of stakeholders who would debate and give feedback on the constitution would not go ahead.

Peni Moore says the strength of the previous document was that it included the will of the people.

"We got eight thousand comments, it took ages, it was a massive work to try and you know get the information so I question the ability really or the true intention of doing a public awareness programme."

Peni Moore says the Government showed it was not interested in the public view when it scrapped the previous draft.