Minister for Social Welfare, Women and Poverty Alleviation Dr Jiko Luveni wants more women to be part of Fiji's parliament after general elections in September 2014.
And she has encouraged women to put forward their interest to stand in the elections.
"We would like to have more women that will join parliament but the onus is on the women themselves to put forward their interest and show the voters that they can serve them in parliament and I would like to encourage them to do this," Dr Luveni said.
Meanwhile, under composition of parliament provision of the new Constitution, if the seat held by a member of parliament who is a member of a political party becomes vacant, the electoral commission must award that seat to the candidate of the same party who, in the most recent general election, is the highest ranked out of those candidates of that party who did not get elected to parliament and who is still available to serve.
It states that if no candidate in the most recent general election from that same political party is available, then by-election must be held to fill the vacancy.
The 2013 Constitution further states that if the seat held by a member of parliament who is an independent member becomes vacant during the term of parliament, a by-election must be held to fill the vacancy.