A short summary of the Constitution of the Republic of Fiji
His Excellency the President of Fiji RATU EPELI NAILATIKAU gave his assent to the new constitution of Fiji on 6 September, 2013.
It is a farsighted and comprehensive document and ties up loose ends and assuages a lot of uneasiness and fears of the people of Fiji.
The Constitution underpins the first genuine democracy in Fiji’s history.
The Constitution provides for a single chamber 50-member Parliament which will be the country’s supreme authority, and be elected on the basis of one person, one vote, one value. An elector will vote for any candidate who they believe will best serve their interest – under a Proportional Representation System.
Another important innovation is that representation will not be constituency based – regional constituencies are abolished. There will be one national constituency covering the whole of Fiji. A positive act -focussing on national issues, rather than on local or parochial matters only.
You will see from the following summary of what I mean:
We, the people of Fiji,
Recognising the indigenous people or the I’Taukei, their ownership of I’Taukei lands, their unique culture, culture, traditions and language;
Recognising the indigenous people or the Rotuman from the island of Rotuma, their ownership of Rotuman lands, their unique culture, customs, traditions and language;
Recognising the descendants of the indentured labourers from British India and the Pacific Islands, their culture, customs, traditions and language; and
Recognising the descendants of the immigrants and settlers to Fiji, their culture, customs, traditions and language,
Declare that we are all Fijians united by common and equal citizenry;
Recognise the Constitution as the supreme law of our country and all Fijians;
Commit ourselves to the recognition and protection of human rights and respect for human dignity;
Declare our commitment to justice, national sovereignty and security, social and economic wellbeing, and safeguarding our environment; hereby establish this Constitution for the Republic of Fiji.
Other substantive points covered in the constitution include, inter alia –
This short summary ends here. If you wish to have a copy of the executive summary of this document, please call
Fiji High Commission on 020 7584 3661
or email: [email protected]
The Secretary, FIJI CULTURAL & SOCIAL CLUB on 020 8959 1375 or email: [email protected]