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$20m poll offer

Nasik Swami
Wednesday, March 05, 2014

THE Government of Papua New Guinea has officially committed $F20.1million towards Fiji's general election.

This was penned following the signing of a memorandum of understanding with the Fijian Government yesterday.

The PNG Government's chief secretary, Manasupe Zurenuoc, said $F20.1m would be made available before election and a further $F20m will be discussed and dispatched in 2015.

Permanent secretary to the Prime Minister's Office Lieutenant Colonel Pio Tikoduadua, who signed the agreement on behalf of the Fijian Government, said the assistance was provided in the true Melanesian spirit.

He said it would contribute towards helping Fiji make the transition to parliamentary democracy through the country's first truly democratic election.

"On behalf of people and Government of Fiji, we thank you and please convey our gratitude to your Prime Minister and the people for this very generous assistance in helping Fiji cross that line," Lt-Col Tikoduadua said.

Attorney-General and Minister Responsible for Elections Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum also thanked the PNG Government for following through on its commitment made last year during Commodore Bainimarama's visit to the country.

"Working with our international elections experts, we've taken the time to do things the right way so that we avoid donor overlap and ensure that there is transparency."

Papua New Guinea has commended the work carried out by Fiji's Elections Office.

Mr Zurenuoc, who is in Fiji to work out the details for rolling out the assistance, expressed satisfaction.

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