MOG: Views of all Fijians important

Three members of the Multi-national Observer Group at a Fijian Elections Office press conference on Tuesday. Picture: ELIKI NUKUTABU

THE views of all Fijians about the electoral process are important to us, was the assurance by the Multinational Observer Group (MOG) observer co-ordinator Alice Cawte as observers started deployment across Viti Levu last week to observe various electoral processes ahead of the 2018 General Election.

The MOG confirmed three teams were deployed between last Tuesday and Friday to observe election processes related to pre-poll voting and voter awareness.

The observers visited villages in the Western and Central divisions and engaged with the communities about their experiences of voter registration and the electoral process more broadly.

According to the MOG secretariat, the observer teams also discussed with communities the participation of women and disabled people in the election.

Their visits coincided with Fijian Elections Office (FEO) consultations with the villagers on the provisional voter list and pre-poll voting.

The villages visited by the MOG included Sote, Vatukarasa, Nameka and Natuva in Tailevu, Burelevu, Naraviravi, Navavai, Nayaulevu and Maniava in Ra and Naraiyawa, Wainimakutu, Naqarawai, Saliadrau and Navunikabi in Namosi, which are all pre-poll locations.

A team of observers also visited a Republic of Fiji Military Forces barracks in Lautoka which would be a pre-poll venue.

“We want to thank all the communities we visited for welcoming us and taking the time to speak to us about their experiences,” Ms Cawte said.

“We look forward to visiting more villages and towns over the coming weeks.”

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