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Shalveen Chand
Wednesday, August 27, 2014

THE Multinational Observer Group will ensure transparency and accountability in its report of the September general election.

MOG Secretariat co-ordinator Andrew Goledzinowski said the observers were serious about their work.

"Our job is to ensure that it is transparent and accountable. You have 15 countries invited, they are taking it very seriously, we are taking it very seriously. Our credibility is on the line as much as the election process," said Mr Goledzinowski.

"We sink or swim together. I can promise you that everybody involved in the process from our side will be making sure that we do the best job we can do for Fiji."

Two reports will be issued by the MOG, the first one will be a day after the election and a second, comprehensive report within two months of the election.

This report will be key in Fiji's acceptance back into the Commonwealth, the Pacific Island Forum and possibly aid from international donors.

Mr Goledzinowski laid down the reasons observers were in Fiji.

"First, is to assess whether the elections have allowed the Fijian people to broadly represent their will. The second that is very important to the government is they would like the MOG to provide recommendations going forward on how future elections can be improved in terms of their integrity and effectiveness," he said.

"And thirdly, this is not in our terms of reference but I think this sort of thing goes to the heart of these types of observer activities. It's about providing confidence, it's not about just the international communities' confidence in what is happening in Fiji but about providing some level of confidence to the Fijian voting public that this election can be as good as it can be in terms of integrity and effectiveness."

He said the observers had been present throughout all developments last week including the National Candidates List draw and the court ruling.

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