Government sets out terms of reference for Multinational Observer Group

Acting Prime Minister and Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum speaks to the media as Australian High Commissioner to Fiji John Feakes, Electoral Commission chairperson Suresh Chandra and other guests looks on after the sigining at the Ro Lalabalavu House in Suva yesterday. Picture: JONACANI LALAKOBAU

GOVERNMENT has set out the terms of reference for the Multinational Observer Group (MOG) in the coming general election. Acting Prime Minister and Minister Responsible for Elections Aiyaz Sayed- Khaiyum said the terms of reference would allow the group to observe and evaluate the functions and operations of the Fijian Elections Office (FEO) for the 2018 General Election.

The MOG, he said, would observe and evaluate the voter registration process and the establishment of the national register of voters and the polling station voter lists, and also observe and evaluate the voter awareness campaigns including voter information provided or authorised by the FEO.

“Observe and evaluate the nomination and registration of candidates and conduct of political parties as prescribed in the Fijian Electoral Act 2014, observe and evaluate prepoll, postal voting and election day operations and events, facilitate voter operations and compliance with the procedures outlined in the Act, observe and evaluate the vote counting process, the determination of election results and the dissemination thereof,” Mr Sayed- Khaiyum said yesterday.

“Observe and evaluate the resolution of disputes through the electoral cycle including any mechanisms established to hear and adjudicate election related disputes and assess whether the voter process of the Fijian Elections Office facilitated and assisted voters to exercise their right to freely vote and whether the outcome of the 2018 Fijian General Election broadly represented the will of all Fijian voters.”

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