THE program for this year's annual general conference by the Methodist Church of Fiji and Rotuma will remain the same.
This despite the decision by government that no permits are required for any meeting unless the meeting is on public parks, roads, garden and sporting arena.
Government earlier announced the suspension of Section 8 of the Public Order Act by the Fiji Constitutional Process (Constitution Commission) Decree ("Decree").
Church assistance general secretary Reverend Tevita Nawadra said there were some clauses in the decree which still required the church to apply for a permit for the meetings.
"We cannot do much because we are still bound to apply for permits," Mr Nawadra said.
He said government could at least clarify this before the announcement because some of the church members were not aware of this.
However, Commissioner of Police Brigadier General Ioane Naivalurua said, "Fiji Police Force continues to have the authority under section 9 of the Public Order Act to prohibit or to disperse any meetings if it is necessary for the securing of public safety or the maintenance of public order".
This, he said was particularly relevant to those persons and groups that had in the past either been refused a permit, or who had breached the conditions of any permit, or who had on any previous occasion prejudiced peace, public safety and public order or engaged in racial or religious vilification.