"In our case it was purely a civil society body. They can have it. They don’t need to have it. Just like any other group can form an association. And that provision about the Council of Chiefs appears in the chapter which is called clearly ‘Civil Society’. Because they want civil society to play a role in public affairs. That’s what democracy is about. And it was clearly a misrepresentation. They must know that the Council had none of the functions which were vested in it under previous constitutions. It’s not a public authority, it’s not mandatory, it has no jurisdiction. And to say that, ‘Oh, we have revived this and so on.’ Well it’s unfair."
Fijileaks publishes the unedited full version of the interview:
THE WORLD RENOWNED CONSTITUTIONAL EXPERT WHO CHAIRED THE COMMISSION THAT DREW UP THE DRAFT CONSTITUTION FOR FIJI THAT COMMODORE BAINIMARAMA REJECTED SAYS HE CAN’T SEE HOW THE ELECTORAL SYSTEM THE MILITARY REGIME IS ADOPTING WILL WORK. PROFESSOR YASH GHAI – IN THIS EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH OUR PACIFIC CORRESPONDENT, SEAN DORNEY - SAYS THE FINAL CONSTITUTION ADOPTED BY FIJI IS TERRIBLE AND THE WAY IT WAS ADOPTED WAS A BETRAYAL OF THE PEOPLE.