18 Apr 2013

Fiji regime to have final say on constitution

8:21 am on 18 April 2013

The Attorney-General of Fiji, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, says the Bainimarama government will have the final say on the country's new constitution.

There have been calls for a referendum on the document which has been drafted by the regime and is currently being presented at meetings and on talkback shows around the country.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum says a referendum would not be practical within the time frame for elections and it would require an independent Electoral Commission which has yet to be set up.

He says the government will decide on the final document because it facilitated the whole process.

"It could not have taken place if the Bainimarama government did not facilitate it. The government will obviously talk to various people during the analysis of various submissions if we need to do so. We need to have a constitution in place. We need to have the elections."

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum says there has been a positive response to the draft but if people want changes to the final document that can be done after elections through parliament.