HOPES are high that Fiji will receive the best Christmas gift come December — the draft constitution.
Constitution Commission chairman Prof Yash Ghai said on Friday that hearing of submissions would come to an end on October 15, which would give them ample time to draft the new law before New Year.
"It is very important that people view the draft document for any necessary changes," he said.
Prof Ghai said their only hope was to possibly get the new law out by the end of the year.
He said the draft document would be summarised on small pamphlets so it could be distributed to all people in Fiji.
"People are starting to raise issues affecting their daily lives, which we see is a good sign."
Prof Ghai said although the commission had set October 10 as the deadline for submissions, Fijians would have another opportunity to make their views, this time on the draft constitution prepared by the commission
He said the commission was required to ensure that all people of Fiji were able to participate in the process.