Taken from/By: FBC Report by: Mika Loga
The Australian government has expressed its willingness to offer more assistance towards Fiji’s elections by September 30th.
In an exclusive interview with FBC News, Australia’s Foreign Minister Julie Bishop says, her government is committed to helping Fiji restore full democratic rule.
Australia is already assisting Fiji’s electoral process with some technical expertise.
“Australia would offer Australian observers , we can offer technical assistance and we want to do what we can to help Fiji hold free and fair elections that reflect the will of the people of Fiji. We’re delighted so many people in Fiji have registered to vote. I think that’s a very positive sign that people are ready for any election and looking forward to it”.
Meanwhile, the Pacific Islands Forum Ministerial Contact Group Chairperson and New Zealand Foreign Minister Murray McCully says, the Ministers have been received assurances by Attorney General Aiyaz Saiyed-Khaiyum, on the early appointment of the Supervisor of Elections.
“its not for me to announce the dates but what I can say is that in relation to both the election rules and the appointment of an Elections Supervisor, we were given very strong assurances by the Attorney General that those matters would be dealt with eminently, so we were satisfied with his response”.
The Forum Ministers Group are also looking forward to thee early release of the Elections Decree and legal framework for elections.