A FORMER parliamentarian and cabinet minister is available to contest the 2014 election.
Krishna Datt said he would offer himself to contest the election if there were no serious objections from people.
Mr Datt, a former Fiji Labour Party stalwart, is a founding member of the newly-registered People's Democratic Party.
He was the minister for Labour and Employment Opportunities in Laisenia Qarase's multi-party cabinet.
Asked if he would contest next year's election, he said, "it will depend on the people. If they want me, then I will contest. I got plenty of time to assess the situation".
"So far, people have no serious objections to me contesting. But some people think that I'm still with the FLP, particularly those from the old guard," he said.
"They have stated that they won't support me if I contest on a FLP ticket. But they do not know that I was suspended from the party and I'm no longer with FLP."
Mr Datt said apart from the misunderstanding that he was still with the FLP, his supporters were quite happy.
"Those are the only factors but I'm sure that I will be able to overcome that.
"If there are no serious objections from people, then I will offer myself and contest the 2014 election. I have no axe to grind, no matter if I win or lose.
"I'm presently with the PDP and when the time comes, then I will say where I will contest," said Mr Datt.
A teacher by profession, Mr Datt's political career with the FLP started when he participated in the national teachers strike in 1985. He was elected to parliament in 1987 and was the minister for Foreign Affairs and Civil Aviation in the Bavadra Government before being deposed by the Sitiveni Rabuka-led coup.
Mr Datt also won the Ba Rural Indian Constituency in the 1994 election and the Macuata East Open Constituency in the 1999 general elections.
He was deposed in the 2000 coup and re-elected to Parliament in 2001.