| || || Mae, Paul Malaii.|
| || || The constitutional reform process in Solomon Islands : an analysis of the people's involvement in the making of the draft federal constitution|
Author:Mae, Paul Malaii.
Institution: University of the South Pacific.
Call No.: Pac KWL 2171 .M34 2009
Copyright:Under 10% of this thesis may be copied without the authors written permission
Abstract: This study on Constitutional Reform in Solomon Islands focuses on the participation of Solomon Islanders in the process. Solomon Islanders had been in the past regarded as bystanders in the constitutional building process. This came back to haunt them today when Solomon Islanders realized that the Constitution created during independence did not meet their desire and need for decentralization and direct participation in decision making in the country. A new system of government is needed to rectify this, and the constitutional reform proposed the answer with the introduction of the federal system of government. Important componenets of this research include a theoretical discussion on key concepts like decentralization, democracy, participation and constitutionalism. These concepts are fundamental to the discussion and analysis of the participation of Solomon Islanders in the constitutional reform process. The research identifies a variety of constitutional reform issues facing Solomon Islands. The call for constitutional reform in Solomon Islands is as old as the country itself. Numerous attempts at reform were made in the past with no real intention to go beyond the usual surveys and findings. This research identifies the Townsville Peace Agreement as the catalyst for renewed calls for constitutional reforms. Since then, successive governments have made it a priority to see the constitutional reform process achieve its objectives. Consultations and surveys have been carried out, and as a result a draft federal constitution has been drafted. Since 2004 the draft has been used as the basis for more consultations. After 4 years of deliberations, another draft was published ; the 2009 first draft of the federal constitution is now out for further deliberations.