10 Apr 2014

CCF in Fiji stops distribution of constitution booklet

1:43 pm on 10 April 2014

The Citizens Constitutional Forum in Fiji says it has stopped distributing its booklet on the constitution until it can discuss with the Attorney General the parts he has labelled as inaccurate.

The head of the Forum, the Reverend Akuila Yabaki, says the Attorney General, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, sent an official complaint listing about a dozen aspects he said had legal or factual inaccuracies.

They include aspects relating to appointment of the judiciary, land issues and immunity clauses.

The Reverend Yabaki says while he disagrees with the claims, the CCF has stopped distributing the booklet in its workshops.

"He used the word factual and legal inaccuracies, accusing us in the letter. The approach that we take, and I think that's based on good principles, that we asked for a meeting and we're taking up the issue. We're saying the booklet is a summary of the constitution, it's not a replacement of the government constitution."

Reverend Akuila Yabaki says public interest in the booklet has increased considerably since being the subject of media attention.

He says of the 10,000 copies published, less than 2,000 remain.