Youth calls for capital punishment for coup makers
07:20 Wed Sep 12, 2012
Report by: Vosita Kotoiwasawasa
There have been concerns raised in the past in the lack of youth participation in the constitution making process.
At the Constitution Commission hearing yesterday, two youths made submissions on issues they felt was relevant to their peers.
Charlene Shekar wants a constitution to guarantee national security and to have capital punishment for coup makers.
We need peace and an end to the coup culture. The Constitution should have provisions for the maximum penalties and even capital punishment for the coup perpetrators.
Her sister Michelle Shekar says youths should have representation in the new parliament.
It is recommended that at least one seat per division is reserved for elected youth parliamentarians. This would be a member from the West, North, Southern and Eastern parts of Fiji. Those four seats will all talk about empowerment and inclusiveness in decision-making.
The Constitution Commission hearings will continue for some time and more Fijians are being encouraged to come forward.
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