Melanesian Spearhead Group Invited To Observe Fiji Elections

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European Union welcomes move, hopes EU team will be invited as well

SUVA, Fiji (Fijilive, Jan. 27, 2014) – The European Union has welcomed the appointment of the Melanesian Spearhead Group as observers for upcoming elections in Fiji.

EU’s Ambassador to the Pacific Andrew Jacobs in a Radio New Zealand interview said while he has still not heard about whether the EU will be invited to send a delegation of observers, they would be happy to be invited back.

He said the announcement of elections observers together with the work experts from the EU, Australia and New Zealand have been doing with the elections office, are positive signs of progress.

"Certainly there are going to be lots of logistic challenges to get the elections organised and so on but we're confident that things are certainly moving very well in the right direction," he said.

Fiji announced its Electoral Commission recently and will reveal its Supervisor of Elections soon.

The country will go to polls by the end of September, 2014.

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