THE post of prime minister and president should be taken up by iTaukei people because they are the indigenous people of this land.
Waitabu village headman Wale Robanalagi, in his submission, said the people in his village felt the two roles should remain in the hands of the iTaukei people.
"This establishes our position in the country as owners of the natural resources and indigenous people of this land," Mr Robanalagi said.
In response, commission chairman Professor Yash Ghai reminded the village headman that Fiji was not only populated by iTaukei people.
"Instead, Fiji was shared among people who stepped in during the years and shared their resources and wealth to develop the country.
"We, therefore, cannot say that the roles of PM and president should only belong to a certain race of people," Prof Ghai said.
"The President of the United States of America is a Kenyan and why cannot we accept people who have called the nation their home and have shared their resources and wealth for the development of the nation," he said.
"I do not understand why people have to single out the role of the PM and president alone, there has been no solid answers from anyone so far," he said.
Prof Ghai said people walking in with submissions should include reasons as to why they felt and thought that their submissions were relevant.