15 Apr 2013

Fiji regime extends constitution consultation deadline

5:17 am on 15 April 2013

The Fiji regime has extended its deadline again for submissions on its draft constitution.

As its consultation efforts continue, an opposition group is launching a petition for an immediate return to democracy.

Sally Round reports from Fiji.

"The regime leader Commodore Frank Bainimarama says people have warmly accepted the draft which replaces the dumped document drawn up by the Constitution Commission. He says people want some aspects clarified but there's been an overwhelmingly positive response. The regime plans more public meetings and radio talkback shows and wants all submissions now in by the end of the month. But an extra four days for feedback is unlikely to appease the draft's critics. At another of its public meetings on the draft this week, the United Front for a Democratic Fiji will launch its People's Petition, calling on people to sign up for an immediate return to democracy. It plans to present the petition to the United Nations, the European Union and Fiji's president and Military Council."