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Written By : FIJI SUN NEWSROOM. The Great Council of Chiefs will not convene unless and until authorities concerned achieve the required number.
Permanent secretary for Indigenous Affairs Ratu Meli Bainimarama said there was no development on the issue as they still did not have the numbers.
He reiterated interim Prime Minister and Minister for Indigenous Affairs Voreqe Bainimarama’s announcement that if they did not have the numbers there would be no GCC.
“There’s still nothing because we don’t have the numbers,” said Ratu Meli.
“The Prime Minister has said if they don’t have the numbers there will be no GCC.
A cloud of uncertainty hangs over the formation of the new GCC as the numbers needed have not been achieved.
Cdre Bainimarama earlier said the GCC meeting could not be convened any time soon as they did not have the numbers.
This follows the lack of chiefly nominations from the Bose Vanua.
Some names submitted by the GCC Taskforce were not accepted as they were not submitted by the Bose Vanua.
The prime minister upon receiving the names noted of the 14 provinces and Rotuma, only Bua, Macuata and Lau responded with nine names.
Subject to the Native Lands Commission regulation the nine names and the six appointees of the minister and chairman of the GCC would give a total of 16 members out of the total membership of 52.