THE ATTORNEY GENERALS 2013 DRAFT CONSTITUTION IS THE FINAL NAIL IN THE FIJI PENSIONERS COFFINS, BECAUSE UNLIKE THE YASH GHAI DRAFT WHICH 7000 CITIZENS CONTRIBUTED TO, THE ATTORNEY GENERALS DRAFT FORBIDS THE REVIEW OF ANY OF HIS DECREES, WHICH HE HAS ALSO EXTENDED TO HIS TERMINATIONS OF COURT PROCEEDINGS.
“The principles of a free constitution are irrevocably lost when the legislative power is nominated by the executive”. (Decline & Fall of The Roman Empire Ch3).
THIS DRAFT CONSTITUTION DEPRIVES THE PENSIONERS OF HOPE, JUSTICE AND BASIC CIVIL RIGHTS AND IT SEEMS OUR PRIME MINISTER COULD NOT CARE LESS !!!!! HIS ARSE IS SAFE AND HIS FUTURE SECURE….HE HAS GIVEN THE PUBLIC INADEQUATE TIME TO RESPOND, AND IT MAKES NO DIFFERENCE WHAT THE PUBLIC SAY, THERE WILL BE NO CHANGES TO THE ATTORNEY GENERALS DRAFT CONSTITUTION.. A CLASSIC EXAMPLE OF A TRAVESTY OF JUSTICE.
Any amendments to Fiji’s new constitution will have to be approved by majority of the registered voters and parliament.This is a major proposal in the draft constitution as it states that if a bill for the amendment to the constitution is passed by three quarters of the members of parliament, then it will be referred to the Electoral Commission to conduct a referendum for all registered voters to vote on the proposed amendment.
If three quarters of the registered voters who have participated in the process have voted in favour of the bill, then the President must assent to the bill.
However, the draft constitution prepared by the government legal team which is now out for the views from the public states that immunity granted under the 1990 constitution should continue and there should be further immunity for December 2006 and the events following that.
The draft states that the immunity provision should not be reviewed, amended, altered, repealed or revoked.
It also clearly states that no challenge can be made in any court or tribunal against the validity or legality of any promulgation or decree which are in force between December 5th, 2006 until the date of the first parliamentary sitting under the new constitution.
It states that these laws will continue to be in force in its entirety.
It said the courts should not have jurisdiction to accept, hear or determine any matters for which the jurisdiction of the courts was excluded under the Administration of Justice Decree 2009 or any other written law.
It also said the courts cannot accept, hear or determine any proceedings which had been terminated under the Administration of Justice Decree or any other written law.