“Like the Yash Ghai draft which resonated with many ideas of the 1970 and 1997 constitutions and the People’s Charter of 2008, the new Fiji constitution is underpinned by many universal principles aimed at creating a democracy of human decency, equality of citizens and belonging to a nation with a common national identity.”
Analysis – By Professor Satendra Nandan
Fiji now has a new constitution—the fourth since independence in 1970. The final version was published last Thursday – on August 22, 2013. It becomes law on September 6, a day before Australia goes to the polls.
The general elections based on the constitution are scheduled for not later than 30 September 2014, almost exactly a year after the Australian elections.
It is a 98-page document—half the size of the Independent Constitution Commission’s draft presented to the President of the Republic of Fiji on December 21, 2012 by its chair Professor Yash Ghai. Read more »