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EU hails MSG monitors

Shalveen Chand
Wednesday, January 29, 2014

THE appointment of the Melanesian Spearhead Group as observers for the upcoming elections in Fiji has been welcomed by the European Union's Ambassador to the Pacific.

Andrew Jacobs told Radio New Zealand International he still hasn't heard whether the EU would be invited to send a delegation of observers, but he would be happy if it was to be invited back.

Mr Jacobs said the announcement of elections observers, and the work experts from the EU, Australia and New Zealand have been doing with the elections office, are very positive signs of progress.

He added there would certainly be a lot of logistic challenges to get the elections organised and the EU is confident that things are certainly moving very well in the right direction.

Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum stated that there would be observers but so far they are yet to be confirmed.

Apart from observers, some nations have vowed to help in other ways other than money, such as providing polling booths and indelible ink.

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