NO Fijian should think that they do not have anything of value to contribute to the Constitution Commission.
Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama made the statement while commencing the National Stadium project in Suva yesterday.
Commodore Bainimarama urged all, particularly youths, to take the time and effort to make their submissions.
"It is an investment in your future, the future of Fiji," Commodore Bainimarama said.
He urged everyone to make their voices heard.
He said many people were aware that the government was in the midst of both the electronic voter registration (EVR) and the constitutional consultations.
"It is critical that you participate in both to make your individual voice heard as we work to establish the foundation for the future of Fiji," Commodore Bainimarama urged.
He said the consultations were not intended solely for the elite groups who had traditionally held power in this country.
He said the commission sought to hear all Fijians, through unique, individual experiences; each and every person had gained knowledge and insight that was important for the commission to hear.
"I understand that it is easy to say not today, maybe tomorrow. Or that it is easy to think someone else will represent my views for me," he said.
However, he urged people to make their submissions and not turn their backs on the important reform processes that were currently underway.
Commodore Bainimarama says the consultation process is guided by universally recognised principles and values which are non-negotiable, and includes: a common and equal citizenry; a secular state; the removal of systemic corruption; an independent judiciary; elimination of discrimination; good and transparent governance; social justice; one person, one vote, one value; the elimination of ethnic voting; proportional representation; and a voting age of 18.