THE Methodist Church in Fiji will request a five-day permit to conduct its annual conference.
Church assistant general secretary Reverend Tevita Nawadra Banivanua said they were in the process of preparing a conference agenda.
His comments followed a statement from police director operations SSP Rusiate Tudravu who confirmed that Police Commissioner Brigadier-General Ioane Naivalurua was considering the church's permit application.
SSP Tudrau said the police were discussing the issue with church executives and that the police had requested a copy of the agenda.
Mr Banivanua said the church was yet to provide the police with the agenda.
"That normally comes out after we have our annual meetings in our 55 divisions," he said.
"That should happen after next week during the school holidays.
"We are grateful that the police are positive on the issue.
"The conference is normally two weeks but we are asking for five days."
Mr Banivanua said the Methodist Church has not held its conference for three consecutive years, saying this would be the fourth.
"There is a lot of business with regards to our constitution that we need to discuss," he said.
"The conference is normally in the last week of September.
"We have not requested a time yet but we are asking for the five days.
"We are hoping that they will allow the conference to go ahead and if they allow the five days then we will request the standing committee to meet in June and July to prepare the conference.
"There are normally 32 items in the agenda."