PREPARATIONS for the 2014 parliamentary elections have received a boost.
This after a team from the Fiji Elections Office travelled to Canberra to observe Australia's federal election.
According to the acting permanent secretary responsible for elections, Mohammed Saneem, the five-day mission was valuable.
The elections office gained experience that will enhance its preparations for Fiji's 2014 elections. "There are a number of lessons that we will take back to Fiji with us, on such things as best practices for the setup and management of polling stations," Mr Saneem said.
He said his team also had the opportunity to network with electoral administrators from other countries, as well as with international organisations such as the Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance and International Foundation for Electoral Systems.
Mr Saneem thanked his Australian counterparts at the Australian Electoral Commission for their invitation to participate in the Election Visitor Program.
He said briefings on the Australian electoral system and the structure of the AEC, as well as providing the opportunity to observe pre-polling, polling, the scrutiny of votes, counting after the close of polling and the election night virtual tally were also part of the program.