SIX foreign elections experts will visit Fiji at different times over the next two months to assist with all various aspects of preparations for the much-anticipated 2014 parliamentary elections.
A Ministry of Information statement released yesterday states New Zealand, Australia and the European Union will each provide two experts.
"The list of elections experts was finalised yesterday at a meeting of a sub-committee of development partners, including representatives from Australia, New Zealand, and the European Union," Attorney-General and Minister Responsible for Elections Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum said in the statement.
"These experts will review the gap-analysis reports produced by New Zealand, the European Union and the Commonwealth, and will work with the Bainimarama government, the Elections Office, and the soon-to-be-appointed Electoral Commission to finalise planning for all aspects related to the 2014 election."
In the statement, Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said this would include identifying polling stations, developing a specific list of material needs, drafting the rules and regulations that would guide the electoral process, and establishing a fair and transparent system for the hiring of elections staff members on merit and for their training.
"By the end of this process, we will have a detailed plan for carrying out next year's election, which will not only ensure that it will be fair, transparent and credible, but will also assist our development partners to know exactly how and where they can contribute."