Provinces given deadline
Great Council of Chiefs Task Team chairman Ratu Josateki Nawalowalo says all provinces will have to submit the names of their Great Council of Chiefs nominees to the interim government – by the 15th of July.
Bua, Macuata, Serua, Lau and Rotuma have confirmed their nominees to the council, bringing the number of confirmed candidates to 15.
Ratu Josateki says by including the six nominees of the Minister Fijian Affairs the number increases to 21.
The GCC needs 35 of its 52 members to meet. Ratu Josateki confirms the first sitting of the GCC will have more than 40 members.
Speaking to Radio Fiji News, Ratu Josateki says interim Minister for Fijian Affairs Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama wants the appointments made under the new system of appointments he has finalised.
Ratu Josateki says they have also confirmed nominees from installed chiefs in those provinces which have chosen not to forward any appointments to the council.
He says if by July 15th, these dissenting provinces have not made their appointments Bainimarama will announce his own nominees from those provinces who do want to be part of the new-look GCC.
Ratu Josateki says Bainimarama will pick installed chiefs from these provinces who are willing to be in the GCC, despite opposition from their provincial councils.
He says it’s either the provinces follow the new system or Bainimarama makes his own appointments.