THE maintenance of internal stability and security is an integral requirement for the successful conduct of national elections and transition into parliamentary democracy, says the Defence Minister Joketani Cokanasiga.
He made the comments while launching the Defence, National Security and Immigration Ministry's Annual Corporate Plan 2014 on Friday.
"This year, 2014, will be a historical year for our nation, as we will for the first time ever, hold truly free, fair and representative elections," he said.
"However, in order for the successful conduct of national elections and transition into parliamentary democracy, the maintenance of internal stability and security is an integral requirement.
"The ministry, through the four divisions based in HQ, in concert with the Department of Immigration, Fiji Police Force and the Republic of Fiji Military Forces (RFMF), will strive to ensure that this internal stability and security is maintained and enhanced in the interest of our continued democratic development and sustainable socio-economic growth."
Mr Cokanasiga said the ministry was also striving to complete all capital projects this year.
The National War Memorial and the construction of a detention centre in Nadi for the Immigration Department are capital projects the ministry has earmarked for completion this year.
"We will also be conducting monthly in-house monitoring of these capital projects to ensure we achieve their implementation as agreed with the PM's and the Strategic Planning Office by the month of July, 2014," said Mr Cokanasiga.
"Needless to say, the implementation of a new and revitalised national security apparatus is of utmost importance to the work of this ministry.
"It will be critical in our co-ordination and management of security issues, how we handle risks and threats whether faced at district, divisional or at national level."