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Yabaki urges: Equal seats

By FONUA TALEI The Citizens’ Constitution Forum (CCF) over the weekend submitted to the Constitution Commission in Levuka that there should be equality in seats and votes. Presenting CCF’s submissions
01 Oct 2012 15:08

By FONUA TALEI

The Citizens’ Constitution Forum (CCF) over the weekend submitted to the Constitution Commission in Levuka that there should be equality in seats and votes.
Presenting CCF’s submissions to the commission, chief executive officer (CEO) Reverend Akuila Yabaki recommended that constituencies and the number of seats per constituency be defined to allow for a practicable and equal ratio of electors throughout the country.
More importantly they submitted that under equal suffrage no one person’s vote should be worth more than another’s.
“Youth’s make up 42.3 per cent of Fiji’s population and contribute to the overall national effort in many ways,” Reverend Yabaki said.
“It is only fair that youths be allowed the right and responsibility of political choice as well.”
Reverend Yabaki said CCF supported the decision to lower the voting age to 18, based on universal suffrage.
CCF further submitted that the roles of Fiji security forces including navy, military, Police and Corrections services be redefined.
“Laws that give these bodies arbitrary powers should be reviewed. Immunity clause for coup perpetrators should be revoked.”
CCF proposed to the commission that the size of the military should be “of a scale appropriate to Fiji’s national security requirements.”
The commission heard that all development policies must address questions of environmental protection and sustainability.
Reverend Yabaki also highlighted CCF’s vision of a nation where all of Fiji’s people live together in “equality, justice, and peace, respecting the rule of law, under a constitution that guarantees democracy, the rule of law and human rights.”




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