Credible election

THE Multinational Observer Group says the outcome of the 2014 Fijian election is on track to broadly represent the will of the Fijian voters.Group co- leader Peter Reith, during a press conference at the Grand Pacific Hotel yesterday, said the conditions were in place for Fijians to exercise their right to vote freely.

“The 2014 Fijian election, the first election since 2006, was enthusiastically embraced by the voters of Fiji who were keen to participate in the democratic process,” Mr Reith said.

“The election was conducted in an atmosphere of calm, with an absence of electoral misconduct or evident intimidation.

“The Fijian Elections Office and election workers were competent, professional and committed in performing their duties, sometimes under challenging circumstances.”

Mr Reith said despite compressed timeframes, a complex voting system, and some restrictions, the conditions were in place for Fijians to exercise their right to vote freely.

He said this election was a credible one.

“While counting is ongoing and the results are yet to be finalised, we assess that the outcome is on track to “broadly represent the will of the Fijian voters.”