The problem with the constituent assembly in my opinion is the following.
1. The members act in partisan interest, when the constitution should be a bipartisan product, that is to be made to provide a basis for the rights of the People and the principles for the protection of those rights and the protection of the nation.
2. The members of the Special Majlis are focused on the problems that they have percieved at a personal level, rather than an educated and well researched insight into the issues of the people. It is also alarming that a foreign consultant was engaged to draft the Constitution of the Maldives.
3. The basis of the constitution of this country should be the Quran, Islamic Sharia, international Conventions which the Maldives has signed up to and the traditions of the People; with a view to taking the nation forward to make it competitive and compatible in the global village. Yet, several members of the Special Majlis don’t seem to have the capacity nor the time to “educate” themselves on the same.
4. The debate for constitutional reform revolves around a “Mecca” of the President (a.k.a. Maumoon Abdul Gayoom) instead of the People and their Future. The whole process lacks wisdom and dignity.