The Fiji Labour Party rejects outright the imposition of the regime’s tailor-made constitution on the people of Fiji.
The document does not reflect the will of the people and deserves no credibility and no recognition. It is merely an entrenchment of the old order established since April 2009 and is meant to consolidate the
regime’s hold on power.
It is a highly regressive document that entrenches the fascism and absolutism Fiji has experienced in the past seven years under this regime. It should be noted that all draconian, repressive decrees enforced
since 2009 will continue in force.
The jurisdiction and independence of the judiciary remain compromised with the Attorney General retaining the powers to interfere and influence the appointments of judges, magistrates, the Chief Justice, the Solicitor
General and the Director of Public Prosecutions.
The civil, political, human and trade union rights embodied in the Bill of Rights are effectively derogated with the continued enforcement of the draconian decrees. The ban on trade unionists to participate in the
political life of the nation remains.
Indeed, contrary to Bainimarama’s rhetoric that the new constitution must uphold the universally recognized principles of democracy and good governance, the regime’s constitution, in effect, violates the core
international conventions and instruments on the basic rights of the people as the repressive decrees of the regime remain in force.
Fiji cannot expect credible, free and fair elections in 2014 under this draft constitution. The Elections Office and the Registrar of Elections will continue to be beholden to the Attorney General and, not independent as
is the requirement under democratic norms.
And true to his form, Bainimarama has proved once again that he is untrustworthy and that the sole purpose of his military run government is his own self-preservation.