Three commissions absent in new decree

Update: 9:05PM THREE independent services commissions have not been reinstated under the new legal order.

They are the Constitutional Offices Commission, the Judicial Service Commission and the Disciplined Services Commission.

Under the 1997 Constitution, which Head of State Ratu Josefa Iloilo declared abrogated last Friday, these commissions and the Public Service Commission are legislated as independent commissions.

Yesterday Ratu Josefa gazetted the State Offices Decree which provided for the establishment of most public offices except these three commissions.

The three-member Constitutional Offices Commission was responsible for the appointment of high offices like the Director of Public Prosecutions, the Police Commissioner and the Prisons Commissioner’s office.

The Disciplined Service Commission was empowered to make appointments to the police force and prisons service and it also had powers to discipline. It however did not have jurisdiction over the offices of the Police Commissioner and the Prisons Commissioner.

The Judicial Service Commission, among other powers, was either wholly responsible or played an advisory role in the appointment of the Solicitor-General, magistrates, Supreme Court judges, Justices of Appeal and puisne judges of the High Court.

A section to provide for the Human Rights Commission and the Omudsman’s Office were also notable ommissions.

It is not known yet whether these offices and the 1997 Constitution’s Bill of Rights is being drafted for future decrees.

The only offices provided for in the State Offices Decree are: the Supervisor of Elections, the Commissioner of Prisons, the Auditor-General, the Director of Public Prosecutions, the Commissioner of Police, the Miliatry Commander, the Electoral Commission, the Constituency Boundaries Commission, the Commission on the Prerogative of Mercy and the Public Service Commission.


15 Responses to “Three commissions absent in new decree”

  1. Kim Says:

    Congrats, people in Fiji. Not everyone on this planet can claim to be ruled by a clown. Must be fun to read your papers now, no more bad news, everything under control, fuel and every other imported item will be up 20% in the next ten days and so will be your salaries, perhaps. We also hear that Fiji is now developing space capacity and will launch a long range missile as early as end of 2009. This will be under the looking North policy which is an interesting word for selling the country. Keep up your good work and avoid any silly protests, it will distract the circus that is your government.

  2. Ben_St0ne Says:

    Sa bau fancy vaca na decree’s qore.Au kerea ga me vakayagataki na kena veva me carai kina na koli nei Voreqe……(o kemu).

  3. Asgrocky Says:

    Why are you allowing this hippopotamus, the clown and their circus to do this to you. Fiji no longer has a president. They are all common criminals. Like someone here said, there are 750,000 of you to their 1,000 or so and they all have family members among you.

  4. Budhau Says:

    Hey Asgrocky – on Dec. 6, 2006 – there was 750,000 of you and 1000 of them – what happened back than. All I saw was that poor Tui, after the Qarase lose in the earlier case, he went out in the street with some sign on a bed sheet or a shower curtain.

    As for numbers what you should be thinking about is why is that about 500,000 of you and out of that 100,000 live in squatter settlements in the Suva-Nausori corrider, with poor sanitation, bad water supply and no electricity, living at or below poverty line. And why this move from rural Fiji – why the government policies have not dealt with the rural Fijian problem – may be in future, with a new government, we would be able to make a fresh start.

    Now that is the type of issues that you should be addressing.

  5. Asgrocky Says:

    Bhudau, the only type of issue I would like to see happen in Fiji right now is for the banana to do an about turn and have every indian like you crammed into a boat back to india. Then we address the issue.

  6. Budhau Says:

    Issues don’t happen – shit happens, and it has already happened.

    It is people like you, trying to ship Indians to India, who are part of the fricken problem. Well, how are you going to that first before you address the issues. They have got you by the balls now. May be they will put you in canoe and push you off of that beach in Vuda.

  7. Asgrocky Says:

    I’m sorry Bhudau. That was low from me. I don’t really mean that. Truly I don’t.

  8. Budhau Says:

    Oooh, you really hurt my feelings.

    But do get it – how putting someone on boat can work both ways, and that land that you talk about,, that can also be taken by conquest, just like your ancestors had taken it form the previous occupants – all land in the world is stolen from someone.

    How about that etra-marital comment that you made, have you checked your DNA – with all them Ratus running around sowing their oats.

  9. Asgrocky Says:

    Bhudau, look at that post again, closely this time instead of crapping on. Look at the top, alright. I’m not taking this any further. Just go and look. How many times have I told you that. Really……

  10. Budhau Says:

    NO, you look at the last 20 years of what happened to the people of Fiji with the coups and with six years of Qarase.

    You have been doing the same thing over and over and hoping to get a different result. Well guess what, it does not happen that way.

    So this time around hopefully things will change for better, and if not not, I will see Fiji on CNN.

  11. Asgrocky Says:

    Bhudau I’ve been watching all week since last week and this morning on Channel 7,9,10. Fiji was mentioned but nothing that really matters. Again I’m telling you, go take a look at that post, past the second line. Really…. must i tell you again. See who the author of that post is. Anyway on Channel 9 now some guy is trying to cook something and has brought out the garam masala really …..

  12. senijiale Says:

    Stop fighting you two.

    Speaking of history, the following George Benard Shaw quotes appealed to me this morning –

    “We learn from history that we learn nothing from history”

    “We are made wise not by the recollection of our past but the responsibility of our (collective) future”

    And this lovely one from Mary Angelou –

    “History, despite its wrenching pain cannot be unlived, but if faced with courage, need not be lived again”

    And saving the best for last, this from an Unknown –

    “Rosa sat so Martin could walk. Martin walked so Barack could run. Barack ran so we all can fly”

    So stop fighting idiots.

    Bud – whilst u’re quite correct that ALTA still exists as a piece of legislation, however, without the constitutional protections that once guaranteed it existence, there’s nothing stopping the next government or powers that be from repealing it altogether – just like that.

    Askgroggy – why are you gloating, see ‘responsibility’ and ‘collective’ above.

    And speaking of extra-marital affairs and extra-DNAs – taking an oath to uphold the Constitution is probably quite similar to taking a marital vow where u pledge urself to someone to the exclusion of every other person, dog and cat, idiots. You accept the whole package, as is, & learn to deal with YOUR FREE CHOICE. It’s a table d’hote but if u want it like some cafe ala carte, then u make the changes within the rules.

    So put your extra-energetic asses together and fight to reinstate our 1997 Constitution!

    Good morning.

  13. Budhau Says:

    Senijiale – you always being a breadth of fresh air in here.

    As for the ALTA it has been around since 1977, and constitutions have come and gone – is does not need the constitution to survive, and until the Fijians are willing and able to farm their own land, and hopefully some day they will, in the mean time it only makes sense that they lease their land – the terms of the lease and conditions of the lease will be by negotiations, constitution or no constitution, democracy or dictatorship.

    However, the post 1987 constitution had elevated the role of the GCC – it made GCC a constitutional body, prior to that it was a creature of the Fijian Affairs Act. Now, there is not guarantee that the GCC will be included in the new Constitution – I say this because or the confrontational posture of the GCC with FB and it is very likely that FB will have a lot of say in what goes into the next constitution.

    Asgrocky – you have a nice day- I hope after everything is said and done, we will end up with a better society- we don’t want to become another Solomon Island, do we.

  14. Asgrocky Says:

    I hope so too Bhudau.

  15. Relax Man Says:

    Hey pea brains why dont you put your poor pea brains together and put forward a submission for the new constitution!!! because if you had missed it the 97 phone book has flown out the window and it aint coming back.

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