An independant assessment of the Charter consultations by a team appointed by Ro Filipe Tuisawau to follow, monitor and assess the Interim Govt Charter teams/ consultations has revealed that the majority of the Rewan people are together with the Rewa Provincial Council and Bose Vanua stance to reject the People’s Charter outright. To date, of the 54 villages in the province, 45 have been visited with only 9 left to be visited on Beqa Island. Of the 45 villages, average attendance has been 6 persons to at the most 15 and in very rare cases up to 30. Of these, most have either rejected or simply not signed the forms.
In Lami Village, which is the village with the highest number of registered voters in Rewa Province of close to 1000, only 40 turned up. In Nadoi Village where Commodore Voreqe was fetered not long ago when opening a Church funded by the PMs Office, only 6 turned up. Another face saving exercise had to be conducted house to house to get villagers to sign the forms and 70 signed forms was collected (about 40% of village) 2 days later.
Overall, total support in Rewa Province would be around 500-600 Rewans (including those who actually attended meetings and approved and those approving later without attending meeting). With an over 18 population of up to 11,000, this would compute to approx only 6% of Rewans accepting the People’s Charter and a 94% Rejection Rate.
The Chiefs and the people of Rewa have spoken with one voice and this must be respected by the Interim Government. The Charter is now proven beyond reasonable doubt as rejected by Rewa. The people of Rewa have adhered to what the Coomodore had wanted. They have read the Charter and made their decision and rejected it.
God Bless Fiji.
Ro Filipe Tuisawau (Rewa Provincial Council Adviser on Peoples Charter)