CONSTITUTION Commission chairman Professor Yash Ghai has urged people in the north with new issues to come forward and present it as part of their submission.
However, he said the commission was not discouraging anyone from presenting their submissions on issues they needed to be included in the new constitution.
"We have been in Levuka in the past two days and we have two panel meetings every day which is open to the media and everybody and with a total of three commissions we currently have two touring the North," said Prof Ghai in his address at the commencement of the submission hearing in Bua on Monday.
"The submissions we have been listening to have all been very similar in many ways as submissions are regularly made often by people who claim to represent an interest group like the Methodist Church or the Fijian people for instance," he said.
Prof Ghai said there was little time left for the commission before they began their deliberations and analysis of all the submissions.
"By October, we are planning to sit down and start reviewing submissions and this will include more internal discussions," he said.
"We are encouraging those with new issues to feel free in coming forward during the submissions however, we are not discouraging the rest but we encourage them to condense their submissions, we are here to listen to all views.
"I encourage people to walk in with their submissions and the reasons for such views.
"The best submissions are those that give reasons as this gives us a fair idea as to where the submissions are coming from and it is easier to understand the submissions."