Pacific Islands Forum Team To Monitor Regional Elections In Papua, West Papau

Secretary General says Pacific can learn a lot from world's third largest democracy

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, Feb. 14, 2017) – A Pacific Islands Forum team is to join monitors of the Indonesian regional elections which start tomorrow.

The Forum is to observe voting in Jayapura and Manokwari in the provinces of Papua and West Papua.

The Forum Secretary General Dame Meg Taylor said the Pacific region and Indonesia share a belief in the principles of good governance and fair and free elections.

She said she was sure there was much the Pacific could learn from the third largest democracy in the world.

In addition the Forum, along with the Commonwealth Secretariat, is this week on a joint mission to Nauru for a 'Post 2016 Election Workshop'.

Dame Meg said this invitation from Nauru shows its commitment to be open and transparent about its electoral processes.

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