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By LOSALINI RASOQOSOQO
The new constitution of the Methodist Church in Fiji needs to be passed by two thirds of the delegation in the next annual conference.
The church constitution is currently under review during the four-day conference that ends today.
The existing constitution has been in force since 1984. Secretary of communication Reverend James Bhagwan said that given the change in time, context and the growth in the church, there was a need to revise the constitution.
“The church has grown a lot and also developed a lot in the few decades so this is the time to revisit some of the areas and take the church forward,” Reverend Bhagwan said.
Legal advisor Reverend Solomoni Vakawaliwali presented the major points of the constitution during the conference.
“The draft or the recommendation for the amendment to the constitution will now be taken to the division, circuits and churches for discussion. They will look at it, make their recommendations through their quarterly meetings and at the annual meeting next year before it is brought back to conference,” Reverend Bhagwan said.
“After the annual conference, recommendations will come back to us and amendments will be brought to the 2014 conference – for that we need two-thirds of the votes from the delegates and if that it is passed then it will come into effect.”
Church President Reverend Tuikilakila Waqairatu said the review of the church’s 1984 constitution was the way forward for the church.