A FORMER executive of the former Nationalist Party executive has shown interest in contesting the 2014 elections as an independent candidate.
But in the meantime, Iliesa Duvuloco is keeping his options open, saying he may even look at contesting the elections on a party ticket.
Mr Duvuloco, 65, was the president of the former Vanua Nationalist Party and was jailed for 18 months in 2000 for coup-related offences.
"I was thinking of retiring from politics after suffering a heart attack and two strokes but I'm on the road to recovery now and I want to make a comeback," he said.
"There is a strong possibility of me contesting the elections as an independent candidate but I may even apply for a party ticket.
"From my point of view, all the major political parties should join hands and contest the elections to bring about change," the 65-year-old said
Mr Duvuloco said under the Constitution, he would be able to contest the elections as his criminal conviction was more than eight years ago.
He had planned to travel to the US for a medical check-up but being on the immigration blacklist has prevented him from going.
"I couldn't move my right hand or even talk properly after suffering two strokes.
"I'm a bit better now and I want to get a proper medical check done.
"But come 2014, I'll be fit enough to run in the elections. I want to give it one more go, the last try, for a seat in Parliament."
Mr Duvuloco said although the Constitution was in place, he believes there still appeared to be some restrictions on freedom of speech and movement. "Instead of having one constituency for the elections, there should have been separate constituencies like before so that voters could choose people from their area to represent them in Parliament," Mr Duvuloco said.
"Also, a forum for public debate should be held so that people and leaders of political parties can thrash out issues openly in the presence of government officials."