The Fiji Times »Legislature to fill in the gaps – AG

In the history of law-making, the legislature will make changes if there is a reason to fill a loophole or loopholes in the law, Attorney General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum told Parliament yesterday while granting the right of reply to the bill amending the voter registration bill. 2021.

Speaking on the bill, opposition MP Niko Nawaikula, however, objected to the way the issue was brought before Parliament through rule 51.

He said the bill was a response to the chief justice’s ruling on his case in the contested returns courts.

“This amendment goes to the dispute that we have against me personally and it is to change the voter registration,” he said.

He said the GA lied that the proposed amendment was a constitutional provision for a fair vote.

“Why didn’t you make the amendment earlier? “The government should be honest, it is not happy with the chief justice’s decision.”

In response, Mr. Sayed-Khaiyum said voter identification has been used since 2014 as a form of authentic identification.

“In this particular case, they are the disputed returns tribunals, given the law, given the submissions, not the actual full submissions and the disputed returns tribunals do not have the luxury of sitting for weeks or months, he has only 21 days since the case was brought to his attention, ”he said.

“Therefore, the lawyer did not explain to the court what would be the consequences of accepting the principles of the common law, these came from the last century.

“We live in the 21st century, there is identity theft, money laundering, terrorism and human trafficking, all countries are moving towards authenticating the identities of individuals living in their country, otherwise you have people traveling under different passports and different pseudonyms. “

He said that laws were made by Parliament and interpreted by the courts, which was nothing specific to this government.

The bill to amend the Voter Registration Bill in 2021 is expected to be debated and passed in parliament on Wednesday through Standing Order 51.

The proposed amendment seeks to ensure that the constitutional provisions require and guarantee that a registered voter actually votes in elections.

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