THE Fiji Labour Party believes there is a need for the Great Council of Chiefs.
In its mini-manifesto, the FLP said the GCC had been recognised as the apex institution of the indigenous Fijian community for the past 150 years.
And, the FLP said, the GCC had played an important role in advising successive governments on issues regarding the welfare and interests of the indigenous community.
"FLP recognises that Fiji's indigenous community holds a special place in our society and their traditions and culture must be preserved, along with those of other communities that make up our society," it said.
The party said it would also call municipal elections so that ratepayers could exercise the right to make their own decisions and development policies and expect accountability from their elected representatives.
The mini-manifesto also said FLP would encourage protective and sustainable development to preserve the country's ecosystem and minimise damage to the environment.
It said there was anxiety about environmental damage through resource developments such as the bauxite mining in Bua and the controversy over copper mining in Namosi.
"Labour will ensure that such landowner concerns are addressed as issues paramount in the consideration of exploration leases for any development," the party stated.