THE President of Fiji should be appointed by Parliament which is a representation of the people of this nation through its elected members.
The National Advisory Council to the People's Charter for Change, Peace and Progress (NACPCCPP) made the proposal in its submission to the Constitution Commission on Friday.
The council also proposed that the term of appointment for the President should only be for five years and only one term of re-appointment.
The submission was made by the executives of the NACPCCPP that included chairman Josefa Seruilagilagi, deputy chairperson Lorraine Tevi, Jone Dakuvula and Dewan Maharaj.
Mr Seruilagilagi also said the Prime Minister and Leader of Opposition should nominate two names each to be put to the floor of the House of Representatives and the members of the House of Representatives should vote as individuals through secret ballots.
The submission also called for persons holding the position of President to have Fiji citizenship and a distinguished career in the public service.
The NACPCCPP also recommended that the House of Representatives be reduced by 25% from 71 to 54 seats as Fiji was a small country and financial costs have to be considered.
Additionally, the NACPCCPP executives called for new members to the House of Representatives to hold Fiji citizenship.
They also said those with dual citizenship should be required to renounce all other citizenship prior to being sworn in as a member of the House of Representatives.
"Term of office for the members of the House of Representatives be four years as this is adequate time for an elected member to have performed to their maximum potential," the NACPCCPP said.
The NACPCCPP also spoke at length on principles and values to be inculcated in the Constitution.