Monday, September 22, 2008
Samy says the form is simply a feedback form that needs to be looked at carefully to see what people are saying about the Charter. Taken from / By: FBCL
Signing the Charter forms given out by consultation teams does not mean support for the Charter.
It is merely to ensure everyone gets a chance to see and comment on the document.The NCBBF’s John Samy has clarified that signing the form does NOT mean agreement and the signatures are NOT separated from the feedback.
“A lot of this confusion has been generated deliberately by those who are opposed to the charter process. That form is not like a ballot paper, it is not a referendum, a pseudo-referendum type document, all it is, is it is a feedback, a response form, we would like to get from the people. If you look at it, first we would like to know when an individual decides to fill that form, whether they’ve seen the charter for themselves, whether they are familiar with the content, and then they are requested, they are not forced, they are requested to give us feedback.”
Samy adds, the charter consultation process is just that, and no one will be forced to do anything against their will. All the one-piece form shows is their feedback for or against the Charter.
“Now they can say that on the basis of what they have seen, what they’re aware of and if they support it, or they can say that yes, we support it but we have the following concerns and they can raise their concerns, if they want extra paper, we’ll encourage them to do so. And thirdly they can say, based on everything I have seen, I do not support the charter, they have the right to do that.” Samy says the form is simply a feedback form that that needs to be looked at carefully to see what the people are saying and the charter is still a draft document.
Fiji Broadcasting Corporation