THE much awaited Constituent Assembly will be announced soon.
And Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama is calling for expressions of interest from individuals and organisations who would like to become members of the Constituent Assembly that will debate and adopt the draft constitution being prepared by the Constitution Commission.
This, according to the government, is another important milestone while Fiji continues to strive to implementing true parliamentary democracy in Fiji in 2014.
An advertisement will be published today to set out the duties of the assembly and the conditions under which its members will be appointed.
Under the Fiji constitutional process (Constituent Assembly and Adoption of Constitution) Decree 2012 the chairperson and members of the assembly will be appointed by the Prime Minister.
The assembly is also required to observe the purpose of the decree, which includes adherence to its non-negotiable principles and values such as the removal of ethnic voting, a common and equal citizenry and a secular state.
To be eligible for membership of the assembly, a person must be a citizen of Fiji, be a person of experience in public affairs and must have utmost honesty and integrity in every respect.
As provided in the decree, the membership and composition of the assembly shall reflect the diversity of the people of Fiji and shall consist of the broadest possible cross-section of the Fijian society.
Expressions of interest will close on New Year's Eve, Monday December 31.
All EOIs are to be addressed as "EOI — Constituent Assembly" and sent to the PM in one of the following ways:
* Posted to the Office of the Prime Minister at P. O. Box 2353, Government Buildings, Suva, Fiji;
* Hand-delivered to the Office of the Prime Minister at 4th Floor, New Wing, Government Buildings, Suva; or
* Emailed firstname.lastname@example.org.