2018 General Elections: MOG begin observation role of electoral processes

Multinational Observer Group observer coordinator Alice Cawte addresses the media in Suva on Friday, October 5, 2018. Picture: ATU RASEA

THE Multinational Observer Group (MOG) has already started their mandated role with a number of electoral processes.

These included processes managed by both the Fijian Elections Office (FEO) and the Electoral Commission.

Last week, as part of its observation activities, so far the group were present for the:

• closure of candidate nominations;
• opening and closure of the candidate appeal and objection period;
• announcement of the outcomes of the appeals and objections process;
• official notice of poll and pre-poll voting;
• commencement of the printing of ballot papers;
• candidate ball draw;
• transport of the postal ballots from Star Printery to the FEO warehouse; and
• start of the packing of postal ballots.

“It is important that the MOG observes these key milestones in the electoral process,” said MOG observer coordinator Alice Cawte.

“As we approach polling day, we will be observing many more processes.

“In the interests of transparency, the MOG is using social media to highlight what our observers are doing in real-time where possible. I would encourage people to follow us on Facebook and Twitter.”

You can find the MOG’s presence on Facebook and Twitter by searching MOGFiji18.

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