PM Soon to Announce Constituent Assembly

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama will announce the members of the full Constituent Assembly after he has been advised of which existing political parties have successfully registered under the New Political Parties Decree.

The Registrar for Political Parties must – within 14 days – publish a notice of each proposed political party’s application, after an initial assessment. The public then has 7 days to lodge serious objections. Should no objections be raised, the party will be entered into the Register of Political Parties.

As the Prime Minister earlier announced, political parties that are successfully registered will be invited to the Constituent Assembly.

However, the Prime Minister notes with concern allegations of fraud committed by agents of a certain political party during the collection of member signatures. He will await the decision by the Registrar for political parties.

The Constituent Assembly has the duty to review and approve the draft constitution as required under the Fiji Constitutional Process (Constituent Assembly and Adoption of Constitution) Decree 2012.

The Decree requires that the Assembly be diverse, and where possible, be composed of members who represent registered political parties, faith based organisations, trade unions, employers, the business community, Government, farmers and members of rural communities, the RFMF, national organisations, women, youth, people with disability, pensioners, other Fijian-registered civil society groups, and individuals, amongst others.