ATTORNEY-GENERAL Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum says that everyone needs to respect the President's decision in setting in place a process regarding the constitution.
Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said at the end of the day, everyone must be concerned about whether the constitution was truly democratic, dealing with political organisations, non-governmental organisations and individuals.
"Whether it has democratic principles, whether it is enduring, that really should be our main focus," Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said.
"At the end of the day, we have seen that in Fiji we have not had, despite various constitutions, truly democratic institutions built in, where we had elected members, for example making decisions for the people at large. But overall in respect of the process itself, which the President had laid out, we just have to adhere to that, and of course, representative groups will be present at the constituent assembly as the Prime Minister had highlighted, and is provided for another decree."
He said the decree set out a number of sectors of public light of the Fijian way of life where people would be represented.
"Those groups will be in the constituent assembly and the Prime Minister upon his return from the G77 meeting will make an announcement," he said.
"So we look forward to the process. I think overall, as the President had highlighted, that we ensure to put in place a constitution that is not politically point-scoring, that is not a negotiated settlement, in terms political parties, having their different views.
"Just to use the President's example, Australia has had a constitution for over 110 years or so, which had not been amended, but has all the fundamental principles in terms of governance," Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said.
He said this was the sort of constitution Fiji needed to look at, where they had the fundamental principles of governance which was truly democratic, truly representative, had accountability and transparency mechanisms built into it, which all could be proud of.