4 Apr 2013

Fiji government briefs people on draft constitution

1:58 pm on 4 April 2013

Fiji's government has begun briefing groups on its draft constitution.

The government says the Attorney general Aiyaz Sayed Khaiyum has been invited to brief various womens, religious, rural and youth groups.

A briefing session with rural advisory councillors, roko tui and provincial heads was planned for today.

Mr Sayed Khaiyum says the extended consultation period is a chance to talk about the draft and is necessary to dispel myths and misinformation.

He says it is important for people to understand the draft and to hear the rationale for its provisions.

The Attorney General's chambers is planning more briefing sessions for the Western and Northern Divisions.

Meanwhile the Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama has reiterated a call for people to read and comment on the document.

He says its provisions will enable the constitution to stand the test of time and will make it an enduring foundation for a new Fiji.