VANUA Levu chiefs are not happy with the Constitution Commission's plan to wind up submission hearing on October 10, labelling it as "unfair".
The commission is expected to begin visitations to the north next month.
Speaking on behalf of the Bua chiefs, Tui Wainunu Ratu Orisi Baleitavea said ending the hearings in the second week of October would mean little time for the people of Vanua Levu to make their voices heard.
"This is so unfair," he said.
"The commission spent so much time in Viti Levu and now they will spend little time in Vanua Levu because they have decided no more submissions after October 10.
"What is the difference between Viti Levu and Vanua Levu? This is very unfair because it is the people's constitution, so the voices of the citizens of Fiji should be heard and not just a group of citizens."
The commission is expected to be in Bua in the first week of next month.
"If they are going to start with us in the first week of October and they will still stick to their October 10 deadline, what will happen to the people of Cakaudrove and outer islands like Rabi, Kioa, Yanuca and Cikobia?" Ratu Orisi said.
Macuata chief Ratu Wiliame Katonivere pleaded with the commission to be fair to the people of Vanua Levu.
"A lot of time was spent in Viti Levu and other parts of Fiji, so it is equally important that they give a fair share to the people of Vanua Levu," he said.
Rabi Island councillor Titaku Kabung said awareness of constitutional submissions would be held on the island this week.
She said it was important for the commission to hear the voices of the Banaban community and that more time be given to the people of Vanua Levu.
Some Cakaudrove chiefs have also called on the commission to reconsider their plans and hear the voices from the north.
The chiefs' comments come in response to statements by commission chairman Prof Yash Ghai who said there would be no extension given for submissions after October 10.