Fiji's interim Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama has announced he will resign as head of the military in March in order to contest this year's election.
Commodore Bainimarama is stepping down to focus on campaigning with a new political party for the election in September.
A government spokeswoman has confirmed he made the announcement while speaking to villagers in the country's Northern Division, the ABC reports.
"We now have a new constitution that gives you more rights than ever before. We are addressing years of neglect when it comes to providing our people with basic services and in eight months' time, we will have the first genuinely democratic election in our history."
Commodore Bainimarama has served in the Fijian navy for almost 30 years and was appointed commander of Fiji's military forces in 1999.
He led the military coup against the government of Laesenia Qarase in December 2006, and was appointed as interim prime minister in 2007.
The first elections since the 2006 coup are expected by September 2014.
Under Fiji's laws governing political parties, members of the Republic of Fiji Military Forces are not permitted to be members of political parties, and must not engage in political activity.
An official announcement is expected soon.
Commodore Bainimarama will recommend a replacement interim military leader to the president ahead of the election.
Under the constitution enacted in 2013, the Constitutional Offices Commission will recommend a permanent replacement to the president after the poll.
A professor of Pacific and Asian studies at the Australian National University, Brij Lal, believes Mr Bainimarama will still have influence in the military because he will choose a replacement he has complete faith in.