Federal system must benefit all and not few people

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By EDDIE OSIFELO

GOVERNOR General David Vunagi warns that the proposed Federal system must be based on evidence and not political ambition.

Speaking in Parliament yesterday, Vunagi said the immediate task is to do a cost analysis on the proposed state system.

“Any decision that the Government take will be evidence based, and not based purely on political ambition.

“The Government understands that any decision it makes must be a responsible one that is based on the common good of all, and not in the interest of a few,” he said.

The Constitutional Congress, (CC) and Eminent Persons Advisory Council (EPAC) within the Constitutional Reform Unit (CRU) have finally completed the “Final (Clean) Draft” of the Federal constitution for Solomon Islands and handed over to Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare recently.

The Constitutional Congress and Eminent Persons Advisory Council are mandated to promulgate a federal constitution for Solomon Islands with technical assistance from Constitutional Reform Unit.

The two bodies have finally and successfully completed the document and was printed out as required of them.

When the document is handed to the Prime Minister and government, the process will continue on, which include facilitating it through Caucus for noting and endorsement by Cabinet before tabling in parliament.

During this period, a number of important tasks will still need to be pursued by Constitutional Reform Unit on behalf of the government especially to further facilitate the implementation of the document.

This government initiative to reform the nation’s constitution is in light of a post-conflict situation that called for a change in the political governing system of Solomon Islands since year 2000.

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