Fiji political parties back draft constitution

Fiji political parties back draft constitution

Fiji political parties back draft constitution

Updated 1 January 2013, 18:13 AEST

Three of Fiji's main political parties say they're united in backing the draft constitution prepared by the country's Constitution Commission.

Three of Fiji's main political parties say they're united in backing the draft constitution prepared by the country's Constitution Commission.

Printed copies of the draft constitution were confiscated by police recently under controversial circumstances.

The SDL (Soqosoqo Duavata Ni Lewenivanua), Labour and United People's Parties have issued a statement accepting the document.

Speaking on the parties' behalf, Fiji Labour Party leader Mahendra Chaudhry, has told Radio Australia's Pacific Beat that the document provides a reasonable future for the country.

"The document that we'd like to see must be a document which is fair, which respects the rule of law, human rights and makes elective governments accountable to the people - which are all covered in the draft document," he said.

"I don't think the Constituent Assembly has people who can improve on that."

The Constitution Commission, which was tasked with drafting a new constitution to return the country to democracy, says all 600 copies were seized from the printer on Saturday.

The confiscation has raised concerns in Fiji about the process of developing the country's draft constitution.

The Constituent Assembly will deliberate on the report, which has heard from more than 7,000 Fijians.