Multinational Observer Group to include 13 NZ reps

FEO (Fijian Elections Office) staff members packing pre-polling materials at their warehouse in Laucala Beachn Estate, Nasinu. Picture: JOVESA NAISUA

NEW Zealand will send 13 observers to participate in the Multinational Observer Group (MOG) and report on the 2018 General Election.

This was announced by New Zealand Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters, who said that New Zealand was proud to be able to support Fiji’s election this way.

“The Multinational Observer Group will help to give the people of Fiji, and the international community, confidence in the election outcom,” Mr Peters said.

New Zealand’s group will be led by former Labour MP Ross Robertson who has already commenced his observation role in Fiji and among a number of other New Zealand officials.

“The calibre of New Zealand’s observer delegation reflects the strength of our relationship with Fiji, and our ongoing commitment to support Fiji’s democratic processes.

“This will be Fiji’s second election since its return to Parliamentary democracy in 2014. New Zealand has been supporting Fiji’s election preparations, including by donating election supplies and providing technical assistance to the Fiji Elections Office.

“New Zealand welcomes Fiji’s upcoming election and looks forward to working with the new Government in Fiji to continue strengthening New Zealand – Fiji relations,” said Peters.

India, Indonesia and Australia are co-leaders for the MOG.

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