India provides $224k grant to FEO

Indian High Commissioner to Fiji Vishvas Sapkal, permanent secretary for the Office of the Prime Minister Yogesh Karan and Supervisor of Elections Mohammed Saneem during the cheque presentation at the Prime Minister's office in Suva on Friday, July 13, 2018. Picture: JONACANI LALAKOBAU

A GRANT worth $224,000 was today handed to the Fijian Elections Office by the Indian High Commission for the purchase of four new vehicles.

Supervisor of Elections Mohammed Saneem said the vehicles procured from this grant would assist them with their logistics exercise.

“The vehicles that we intend to purchase through this grant by the Indian government will, of course, help us in the logistics exercise for the delivery of materials and return of materials,” Mr Saneem said.

“It will also allow us a greater amount of control because we will own these vehicles rather than the ones that will be outsourced and those that we’ll have to depend on the service providers for.”

Permanent secretary for the Prime Minister’s office Yogesh Karan acknowledged the assistance as the country prepared for the coming general elections.

“Today we are here for additional support from the government of India on the sum of $224,000 or the purchase of additional four vehicles for the office of the Supervisor of Elections and we’re very pleased that as we prepare for the elections that this funding has come in,” Mr Karan said.

India’s High Commissioner to Fiji Vishvas Sapkal said the Indian government was a committed development partner to Fiji in all spheres and would provide all the necessary support to the Fijian Elections Office in strengthening this democratic process.

In addition to this, Mr Saneem has also confirmed that inedible ink worth more than $200,000 had been received by the government for the upcoming general elections.

In the 2014 general elections, the Indian government had also provided 10 vehicles to the FEO.

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