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Maharaj Encourages The Public To Show Interest

  Standing committee on Jus­tice, Law and Human Rights chairperson Alvick Maharaj said that written submissions were coming in as it was also important to allow public to show interests.
18 Jan 2019 10:00
Maharaj Encourages The Public To Show Interest
Standing committee on Justice, Law and Human Rights chairperson Alvick Maharaj during the public submissions in Savusavu on January 17, 2019. Photo: Yogesh Chandra

 

Standing committee on Jus­tice, Law and Human Rights chairperson Alvick Maharaj said that written submissions were coming in as it was also important to allow public to show interests.

This was after he was responding to questions posed by local media on the low turnout during the con­sultations in the Northern Division.

“We are kindly requesting people to come and participate in this pub­lic submission as it is something that will affect every Fijian,” said Mr Maharaj.

He said that media played an es­sential role in encouraging more people to turnout in these public submissions.

“If at one station, there is no sub­mission, it does not mean that no advertising was done,” he said.

Mr Maharaj said a media official from the Fiji Times had asked him earlier as to how this had been ad­vertised.

He replied that the public consul­tation was advertised in the Fiji Times as well as other media or­ganizations.

“If the reporter of the Fiji Times is not reading the paper, how can we expect others to read it?

“It is the responsibility of the media to encourage more people to turn out to these submissions rather than just coming up with spicy news that there was no sub­mission,” he said.

The major focus was on encourag­ing more people to turn up to such events.

He also said that looking at the bigger picture was important as the committee was actively receiving written submissions from organiza­tions throughout Fiji.

The committee had already re­ceived more than 20 submissions back in Suva, one in Labasa and submissions have also been re­ceived from Lautoka and Nadi.

Mr Maharaj said that it was man­datory for the committee to reach out to the general public in order to follow the principle of democracy.

Edited by Susana Tuilau

Feedback: yogesh.chandra@fijisun.com.fj

 

 

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