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2013 2013 2013 <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-KsgPT2GJkUg/UhxaN9BElQI/AAAAAAAAOm0/gvEtfKRU2Ik/s1600/Nirmal-Singh+People%27s+Democratic+Party.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-KsgPT2GJkUg/UhxaN9BElQI/AAAAAAAAOm0/gvEtfKRU2Ik/s1600/Nirmal-Singh+People's+Democratic+Party.jpg" /></a></div><b>PEOPLE'S DEMOCRATIC PARTY</b>.&nbsp; Party spokesperson, Nirmal Singh s<a href="http://www.fijivillage.com/?mod=story&amp;id=260813332df279014cd857679d74ce">aid members want the party</a> to be agents of change.<br /><br />Speaking about the Constitution, he said the party recognizes efforts towards the elections, the constitutional provision for one person, one vote and one value, reducing the voting age to 18, removing racial considerations from the constitution, strengthening right of itaukei on land ownership.<br /><br />But they thought the people could not build a truly democratic Fiji with the military having total responsibility over the security, defense, and well-being of Fiji and all Fijians.That is the role of an elected government and parliament. He said the military must be answerable and accountable to the government and to parliament.<br /><br />[The Constitution does not give the military total responsibility. The relevant clause reads, "It shall be the responsibility of the RFMF to ensure at all times the security, defence and wellbeing of Fiji and all Fijians." It is an introductory clause spelling out their general responsibilities. Similar introductory clauses preface all other institutions of state.&nbsp; Public emergencies can only be called by the PM on the recommendation of the Commissioner of Police and the Commander of the RFMF, and must be confirmed by Parliament within 48 hours. Mr Singh seems to think this could make the military action independent of the political process, but I don't thinks so.]<br /><b><br />UFDF DOESN'T RFECOGNIZE THE CONSTITUTION.</b> The United Front for a Democratic Fiji said it will continue with its plans to have a roadmap to democracy and will not rush into confirming if the three parties will contest the 2014 elections under the 2013 Constitution. Spokesperson <a href="http://www.fijivillage.com/?mod=story&amp;id=26081338be491c85716748d8c97da4">Mick Beddoes </a>said the four parties do not recognize the government or the process undertaken to put through the 2013 Constitution. He repeated his call for Yash Ghai Commission draft constitution, a Caretaker Government and a Constituent Assembly. <br /><br />One can only guess at what these three old parties are planning but they are certainly bluffing about the elections, and they must know they have no chance in hell, short of a rebellion,&nbsp; of a return to the Ghai draft recommendations.<br /><br />My guess is that this latest action is just part of what will be a on-going tactic aimed at causing unrest, doubt and uncertainty, which is not good for business confidence, attempts to turn the economy around, an unfettered lead up to the elections, or for Fiji. But lacking in realistic, positive proposals themselves, it's probably all they can do. If they are to survive and contribute to a new Fiji, they desperately need some new blood —with some new&nbsp; ideas— in their leadership. <br /><br /><b>P.S. </b>In a later statement Mike Beddoes said they also wanted the Great Council of Chiefs back, and the Methodist church (that he called an iTaukei institution)&nbsp; should be able to meet for more than four days.<br /><br />The pattern is now much clearer.&nbsp; They are pandering to the least educated itaukei and extreme iTaukei nationalists, just like the old SDL party.&nbsp; They also pick and choose. The Yash Ghai Draft seriously limited the&nbsp; authority of the GCC (Beddoes does not say what powers it would have), and it was decidedly against the idea of a Christian state that the more conservative SDL and Methodists wanted.<br /><b><br /></b><br /><b>PPSEAWA CONFERENCE</b>. Thirteen counties <a href="http://www.fbc.com.fj/fiji/13184/ppseawa-conference-to-focus-on-issues-affecting-women">are represented </a>at the week-long 25th conference of the Pan Pacific and South East Asia women’s Association that opened in Lami on Monday. The conference theme is “Managing our environment for a sustainable and peaceful world.&nbsp; In opening the conference, Minister for Women, Social Welfare and Poverty Alleviation<br /><br />Dr Jiko Luveni <a href="http://www.fijisun.com.fj/2013/08/26/women-reminded-of-roles-in-protecting-environment/">said women need to map out strategies </a>that are science-based, cost effective and lawful which can be implemented by PPSEAWA in the next triennium.<div class="blogger-post-footer">Your opinions are important. Please comment on this posting.</div><br> 2013 2013 2013 <br><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-KsgPT2GJkUg/UhxaN9BElQI/AAAAAAAAOm0/gvEtfKRU2Ik/s1600/Nirmal-Singh+People%27s+Democratic+Party.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-KsgPT2GJkUg/UhxaN9BElQI/AAAAAAAAOm0/gvEtfKRU2Ik/s1600/Nirmal-Singh+People's+Democratic+Party.jpg" /></a></div><b>PEOPLE'S DEMOCRATIC PARTY</b>.&nbsp; Party spokesperson, Nirmal Singh s<a href="http://www.fijivillage.com/?mod=story&amp;id=260813332df279014cd857679d74ce">aid members want the party</a> to be agents of change.<br /><br />Speaking about the Constitution, he said the party recognizes efforts towards the elections, the constitutional provision for one person, one vote and one value, reducing the voting age to 18, removing racial considerations from the constitution, strengthening right of itaukei on land ownership.<br /><br />But they thought the people could not build a truly democratic Fiji with the military having total responsibility over the security, defense, and well-being of Fiji and all Fijians.That is the role of an elected government and parliament. He said the military must be answerable and accountable to the government and to parliament.<br /><br />[The Constitution does not give the military total responsibility. The relevant clause reads, "It shall be the responsibility of the RFMF to ensure at all times the security, defence and wellbeing of Fiji and all Fijians." It is an introductory clause spelling out their general responsibilities. Similar introductory clauses preface all other institutions of state.&nbsp; Public emergencies can only be called by the PM on the recommendation of the Commissioner of Police and the Commander of the RFMF, and must be confirmed by Parliament within 48 hours. Mr Singh seems to think this could make the military action independent of the political process, but I don't thinks so.]<br /><b><br />UFDF DOESN'T RFECOGNIZE THE CONSTITUTION.</b> The United Front for a Democratic Fiji said it will continue with its plans to have a roadmap to democracy and will not rush into confirming if the three parties will contest the 2014 elections under the 2013 Constitution. Spokesperson <a href="http://www.fijivillage.com/?mod=story&amp;id=26081338be491c85716748d8c97da4">Mick Beddoes </a>said the four parties do not recognize the government or the process undertaken to put through the 2013 Constitution. He repeated his call for Yash Ghai Commission draft constitution, a Caretaker Government and a Constituent Assembly. <br /><br />One can only guess at what these three old parties are planning but they are certainly bluffing about the elections, and they must know they have no chance in hell, short of a rebellion,&nbsp; of a return to the Ghai draft recommendations.<br /><br />My guess is that this latest action is just part of what will be a on-going tactic aimed at causing unrest, doubt and uncertainty, which is not good for business confidence, attempts to turn the economy around, an unfettered lead up to the elections, or for Fiji. But lacking in realistic, positive proposals themselves, it's probably all they can do. If they are to survive and contribute to a new Fiji, they desperately need some new blood —with some new&nbsp; ideas— in their leadership. <br /><br /><b>P.S. </b>In a later statement Mike Beddoes said they also wanted the Great Council of Chiefs back, and the Methodist church (that he called an iTaukei institution)&nbsp; should be able to meet for more than four days.<br /><br />The pattern is now much clearer.&nbsp; They are pandering to the least educated itaukei and extreme iTaukei nationalists, just like the old SDL party.&nbsp; They also pick and choose. The Yash Ghai Draft seriously limited the&nbsp; authority of the GCC (Beddoes does not say what powers it would have), and it was decidedly against the idea of a Christian state that the more conservative SDL and Methodists wanted.<br /><b><br /></b><br /><b>PPSEAWA CONFERENCE</b>. Thirteen counties <a href="http://www.fbc.com.fj/fiji/13184/ppseawa-conference-to-focus-on-issues-affecting-women">are represented </a>at the week-long 25th conference of the Pan Pacific and South East Asia women’s Association that opened in Lami on Monday. The conference theme is “Managing our environment for a sustainable and peaceful world.&nbsp; In opening the conference, Minister for Women, Social Welfare and Poverty Alleviation<br /><br />Dr Jiko Luveni <a href="http://www.fijisun.com.fj/2013/08/26/women-reminded-of-roles-in-protecting-environment/">said women need to map out strategies </a>that are science-based, cost effective and lawful which can be implemented by PPSEAWA in the next triennium.<div class="blogger-post-footer">Your opinions are important. Please comment on this posting.</div><br>2013 2013 2013 <br> <a href="http://www.matrixar.com/" title="Matrix ">المصفوفة : أجمل الخلفيات والصور</a>

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