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Momis back BCC

Published by MAC on 2002-09-19

Momis back BCC

The Bougainville Constitutional Commission will give North Solomons Province a chance to develop a truly home-grown constitution, according to North Solomons Governor, John Momis.

"Bougainville has a second chance to develop a truly home-grown constitution that should reflect the ideals of creating a new society,'' he told members of the BCC who had just been sworn into office.

Mr Momis was invited to share his experiences in the constitution development process with the BCC members.

Other speakers included Professor Brij Lal, who was a member of the Fiji Constitutional Committee, Professor Ted Wolfers, who had served with the PNG Constitutional Planning Commission and Tony Regan, an advisor and legal counsel to the BCC.

Mr Momis said the present constitutional development process provided a good chance for the people of Bougainville to decide on the type of society they wanted and the structure of government they wanted to adopt.

"The constitution must free the people to be able to take charge of development instead of being spoon-fed through subjection,'' he said.

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