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Cash boost for election

Shalveen Chand
Monday, June 09, 2014

ONLY 100 days remain for the general election, a historic event which will be closely monitored by foreign donor countries and organisations.

The Fijian Elections Office would need about $40million to hold the one-day event, and help has already started coming in.

Papua New Guinea started with their promise to provide funding for the poll and the People's Republic of China has now committed $1.46m towards preparations of the 2014 General Election.

This follows the signing of a memorandum of agreement with the Fijian Government last week.

The MOA was signed by the Acting Prime Minister and Minister Responsible for Elections, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum and the Chinese Ambassador to Fiji, Huang Yong.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said the assistance from China reflected the strong bilateral relations between the two countries.

On the other hand, Mr Huang said China was happy to see the progress Fiji was making in its preparations towards elections in September. Other donors have talked about providing booths, indelible ink and even observers to ensure a free and fair election process.

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