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Wednesday, April 19, 2006

EU deploys Election Observation Mission to Fiji for May 2006 Legislative Elections

Human Rights, Co-op & Development,

News Following an invitation from Government of Republic of Fiji Islands, the European Commission has deployed an EU Election Observation Mission (EOM) for the legislative elections scheduled to take place between 6-13 May.

The EU EOM is lead by István Szent-Iványi, Member of the European Parliament. This is the first EU EOM deployed to a country of the Pacific region. The 2006 legislative elections for the 71 members lower House of Parliament will be the second general elections since the coup in 2000. A core team of six election experts has been deployed to Suva as of 10 April. Twelve long-term observers will follow in a few days’ time and be deployed to the areas outside the capital to observe the campaign period and pre-election preparations. A group of (12) short-term observers shall arrive at the beginning of May to observe voting, counting and the tabulation of results. The mission will issue a preliminary statement shortly after the completion of the elections. A detailed final report will be published a few weeks after the entire election process will have been concluded and include recommendations for improving the election process. The EU is a major development partner of Fiji and through its Partnership Agreement with the African, Caribbean and Pacific countries contributes to the social and economic development of Fiji in particular to education and human resource Development. A total amount of €21 million of the National Indicative Programme has been allocated to support the provision of, and equal access to, quality education by all ethnic groups.

Source :  The EU's Human rights & Democratisation Policy


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