Saina village asks for more time to discuss L.T.C. bills

The village of Saina has asked the Special Parliamentary Committee for more time to discuss proposed changes that three bills currently before the Parliament will make if passed into law.

The village was the last to meet with the Committee as part of its public consultation on Upolu.

Chaired by veteran Parliamentarian, Gatoloaifaana Amataga Alesana-Gidlow, the Special Parliamentary Committee has been tasked to conduct public consultations on the Constitution Amendment Bill 2020; Land and Titles Bill 2020 and the Judicature Bill 2020, before they return to the Legislative Assembly for a third reading. 

The village's stance was confirmed by the village mayor of Saina, Lauki Simona. 

"We only made a recommendation for the bills to be returned [to Government]," Lauaki said. "We humbly asked the Committee to review the bills and to give us time to discuss."

Lauaki said they believe the village did not have enough time to go through the bills entirely. "The village has asked for some more time given to us so we can discuss the changes proposed,” Lauaki said. "We do not want to make a quick decision as a lot of people did not have a fair understanding and knowledge of what the bills are all about.

"Only then, can we make a final decision on whether we object or support the changes."

Public consultations are held at the Tofilau Eti Alesana Building at Mulinu'u and continue this week. 

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