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Decree, date set

Nasik Swami
Sunday, April 06, 2014

THE UK has welcomed the publication of the Electoral Decree and the announcement of a date for Fiji's September general election.

In a statement, Foreign Office Minister Hugo Swire said the UK continued to see concrete steps towards the restoration of democracy.

"I note the appointment of an electoral supervisor and hope that he, working closely with the independent Electoral Commission, can help to ensure a transparent and inclusive election process," Mr Swire said.

He said independent international observers would be crucial in determining the overall credibility of the election process.

"I note that Australia has been asked to take a lead in establishing an election observation mission.

"We welcome this and look forward to supporting them in any way we can."

Fijians will go to the polls on September 17.

The date, gazetted by President Ratu Epeli Nailatikau, has also been declared a paid public holiday.

Attorney-General and Elections Minister Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum earlier said the public holiday would be gazetted by the Labour Minister in the next few weeks.

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