The chair of the Pacific Islands Forum’s Joint Working Group with Fiji says the interim Government has signaled it might recall parliament to change the electoral system, according to a report on PACNEWS.
The group had been aiming to help Fiji back to democracy and had met 30 times since late last year but last week Fiji withdrew in protest at New Zealand’s and Australia’s policy.
Pac news reports say the Group’s Chair PNG High Commissioner to Fiji Peter Eafeare said they have achieved a lot and want to stay engaged.
He is quoted as saying Interim Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum had told the Working Group last week the People’s Charter had to be complete and electoral reforms put in place ahead of a poll.
Eafeare says he interim government has also indicated how it might have the changes put in place.
He says one way is to recall Parliament while the other is to, by decree, make amendments through promulgation. The third is to convert the National Council for Building a Better Fiji into a Constituency Assembly that would then adopt resolutions which would go directly to the President.
Interim Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama has complained about Australia and New Zealand’s refusal to recognize his regime the ongoing travel bans and the failure of the Joint Working Group to appreciate the efforts his administration was making.