NPCAC Submission to the Constitutional Commission

The National Peoples Charter Advisory Council (NPCAC) has submitted 19 key issues as their guiding principles in their submission to the Constitution Commission.

Council Chairman Josefa Serulagilagi, together with Deputy Chairman Lorine Tevi, and Working Committee members Father David Arms, Dewan Maharaj, Ratu Filimone Ralogaivau, and Jone Dakuvula presented their submission before the Commission Members Professor Satendra Nandan and Taufa Vakatale.

The NPCAC submitted a total of 19 key issues as their proposal for the Constitution;

The President to be appointed by the Parliament
Abolition of the Senate
Seats in the House of Representative be reduced by 25% (71 to 54 Seats)
Multi-Member and Open List System of Proportional Representation – Electoral System
Cabinet should comprise of no more than 25% of the total Parliament
RFMF – Role as a Security Institution
Ratification of the Constitution – Extensive Civic Education be undertaken on the new constitution by a neutral body
Code of Conduct – A Leadership Model be developed for elected or non-elected leaders
Reduce the size of government – Efficient and Effective service
Adoption of Pillar 1 of the People’s Charter – Ensuring Sustainable Democracy and Good and Just Governance
Multiple Citizenship
Bill of Rights to be enshrined in the Constitution
Commission on the Prerogative of Mercy
Endorse the independence of the Judiciary

– Establishment of various independent offices including the following;

National People’s Charter Council
Fiji Independent Commission Against Corruption
Fiji Human Rights Commission
Improvement of national security coordination
Freedom of Information legislation – Information on Government operations and leaders
Transitional provisions be included in the new Constitution to allow for existing Promulgations and Decrees that were gazette after the dissolution of Parliament and the abrogation of the 1997 Constitution to continue in force until such time the elected Parliament decides otherwise. All laws made between December 2006 and the first sitting of Parliament under the new Constitution must remain valid unless the Parliament decides otherwise.

In making their submission to the Constitution Commission, Mr. Serulagilagi stated that the guiding values and principles of the Peoples Charter for Change, Peace and Progress would chart Fiji on the path of development and prosperity, a just and better Fiji built on the foundation of equality.