THE Citizens Constitutional Forum Ltd has extended its community education program to focus on matters regarding the new constitution.
The development follows government's announcement of the May-to-July civic education program.
Forum CEO Reverend Akuila Yabaki said they would provide separate and parallel programs to that run by government on the constitutional process.
He said the time line given was a positive step by the State but the legitimacy of the initiative would be based on the inclusion of all citizens and their empowerment to openly participate in the constitution-making process.
"As highlighted by the experts, CCF cannot stress enough that civic education aims to prepare the public to participate both before and after the constitution is prepared and adopted and those involved must remain aware of this ù the work will not end once the constitution is finalised," Mr Yabaki said.
He said the people were not given the opportunity to contribute to Fiji's past constitutions.
Mr Yabaki added there was public interest in constitutional matters as highlighted in their civic education tours of Ba, Tailevu, Ra and Naitasiri.
He said there were questions from the people about where they as individuals could make their submissions and have their voices heard.
"Any submissions which may be made following our workshops will be directed to the five-member Constitutional Commission to be led by Professor Yash Ghai," Mr Yabaki said.