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EU waits

Nasik Swami
Saturday, May 03, 2014

THE European Union says it has not received a request from the Fijian Government to send an election observer mission for the September 17 polls.

According to the EU, observer missions are only sent upon invitation of the host government and require a four-month notification period to deploy.

"They work in accordance with standard terms of reference that the EU has used around the world. They provide an independent assessment of the electoral process," the EU said wile responding to questions sent by this newspaper.

"We believe that actions supporting the right to participate in genuine elections can make a major contribution to peace, security and conflict prevention."

Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum confirmed Fiji had approached Australia to head the team of observer groups during the election.

"They have agreed to do so on the basis that there should be a co-leader as far as observer groups are concerned," he said.

He said there would be some regulations to follow while selecting the second co-leader.

"So it will be Australia together with another country leading the observer groups. We'll figure out which country very soon."

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