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Fiji invites global community

Timoci Vula
Friday, January 18, 2013

THE government has invited the global community to participate in preparations for the 2014 general election.

A government statement released yesterday said Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum sent letters to the heads of all diplomatic missions in the country.

The letter, according to the statement, lays out the timetable for election preparations and inviting them to take part.

The letter has also been sent out to a range of multilateral agencies such as the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the International Labour Organisation (ILO) and the Pacific Forum.

The statement said a year ago, Fiji also invited other countries to participate in the electronic voter registration (EVR) that would continue this year.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said the government allocated $11.4million in this year's budget allocation for election preparations, including voter registration within Fiji and abroad, recruitment of key personnel and the purchase of election material such as ballot boxes.

The statement said he had set out several areas in which the global community could participate.

It said the immediate priorities were planning the administration and logistics for the election, assessing the technical requirements of holding the poll and funding such things as the printing of ballot papers and voter lists.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said in the second quarter of this year, Fiji would invite participation to draft the rules and regulations for the election and also begin a program of civil education and awareness to educate Fijians on the new electoral system.

He said at the beginning of the third quarter, the supply of election material would commence. Expressions of Interest were advertised in Fiji last weekend for qualified companies to supply a range of items and, he said, that advertisements were also being commissioned by Fiji's diplomatic missions abroad.

"These preparations are for the first parliamentary elections ever conducted on the basis of one person, one vote, one value," the A-G said.


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