Some parties reject the new constitution but election to go on

Fiji’s President Ratu Epeli Nailatikau’s accession of the Fiji Government Constitution takes place on Friday September 6th, 2013 however local resistance towards the document continues.

FBC news reports today that two of the four registered political parties remain adamant they will not support the Constitution despite the fact that Australia and New Zealand are now warming up to the fact that Fiji finally has a constitution which can move the country towards democratic elections.

SODELPA, formerly known as SDL, the National Federation Party, and the newly formed Peoples Democratic Party, all who fall under the banner of the United Front for a Democratic Fiji (UFDF) have publically rejected the Constitution and are now threatening to boycott the elections planned for September 2014.

But, the Bainimarama government, now with more solid footing with the International community remains adamant that elections will go ahead with or without these Political parties.

It is a dilemma for many. Do we accept this constitution as the supreme law of the land, despite the fact that it was drafted by a Government Appointed legal team following the discarding of the Yash Ghai Commission draft?