|A match made by the stars: Ghai and Nailatikau|
It started with a bang and ended with stars. That may well have been the way the world came about but it's not how the Fiji Constitution has found life or longevity.
The regime's plan to replace the Constitution it abrogated in 2009 has been dogged from the start by a lack of credibility. Today, December the 21st, the day touted as the arrival of Armageddon, that process fittingly came to an end.
The unelected government's plan for a new constitution has been bedded in doom with the chair of the Constitution Commission, Yash Ghai, himself admitting Frank Bainimarama tried to manipulate him and the outcome of the discussions and submissions.
He confessed to Radio Australia only last month the work of the Commission was not independent.
"...... there has been massive interference. Now I get emails from PM to do this or not to do that, and this is a kind of harassment. We've also been now told to publish any newspapers ads for which we pay, every single expense we have incurred since the beginning of July" before going on to say: "I do not see how Fiji is going to have a free and fair election unless these decrees are cleaned up."