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Poll excitement

Shayal Devi
Wednesday, April 30, 2014

PEOPLE in Fiji are excited about the upcoming September general election, says visiting Australian Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Foreign Affairs Senator Brett Mason.

Speaking to members of the media in Sigatoka yesterday, Mr Mason said during the course of his visit to Fiji, he met various officials and discussed a wide range of subjects, including politics.

"I think thus far, all that we have seen on this trip is that the preparations are going well," he said.

"The Fijian people are also happy about the prospect of election in a few months and I have spoken a lot about the election and all the feedback has been very positive."

He said one of the main issues was the appointment of a co-leader to head international observer groups during the general election.

"We did raise the issue briefly with the Attorney-General and Australia is up for a co-leader. I think we are waiting to see what the terms of reference will be relating to the other co-leader, which is yet to be identified."

Mr Mason met Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum in Sigatoka yesterday.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said they held some general discussions about Fiji, politics of the past alongside politics of the future, as well as building strong institutions in Fiji.

"They have been helping us now for a number of months and we expressed our appreciation with the number of personnel that they have contributed to the elections office.

"It is quite encouraging to note the support from the Australians, Indians and even the Kiwis."

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