The Attorney General and Minister Responsible for Elections, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, has welcomed the invitation from the Pacific Islands Forum for Fiji to lead its Observation Mission for the election of the Bougainville Autonomous Government.
The Supervisor of Elections, Mohammed Saneem, is heading the PIF mission – which also includes Vanuatu – as part of an international group of monitors that also includes Australia, New Zealand, the United States, France, Japan, Britain and the Commonwealth.
“This is a tremendous vote of confidence in Fiji and the Fijian electoral process and systems used in our General Election last September,” the AG said.
“It is also a tremendous vote of confidence and acknowledgment of the professionalism, integrity and conduct of the Supervisor of Elections and his team. No doubt with the planned training and upskilling of the personnel of the Fijian Elections Office, the quality and reputation of FEO will be even more enhanced and serve to position it further on the international stage.”
“It also demonstrates that Fiji intends to continue to play a major role in all of our regional and international multilateral organisations and even partner on a bilateral basis to strengthen democracy and democratic institutions,” the AG added.