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Japan Backs Fiji Poll And Parliament

Japan’s support for Fiji’s return to democracy will go beyond the September 17 elections. This was confirmed by the Ambassador of Japan to Fiji, Takuji Hanatani. He said Japan would,
10 Sep 2014 08:07

Japan’s support for Fiji’s return to democracy will go beyond the September 17 elections.

This was confirmed by the Ambassador of Japan to Fiji, Takuji Hanatani.

He said Japan would, in cooperation with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), help develop Fiji’s parliamentary system after elections.

Japan had already provided ballot boxes, which are being used at polling stations around Fiji. Secondly, Japan provided funds for the publication of a candidates manual, in cooperation with the Fiji National University.

“As part of this assistance, workshops supplementing the said manuals and leaflets will be conducted at various centres around Fiji,” he said.

In addition to the above, Japan will participate in the Multi-national Observer Group (MOG) to monitor the general elections.

“I hope Japan’s support and engagement with the democratisation process will contribute towards ensuring a free, fair and credible election in Fiji as well as strengthen relations between the two countries.”

The Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop had confirmed that Australia was co-leading the 14 member Multinational Observer Group.

She had appointed former Defence and Workplace Relations Minister Peter Reith to lead the Australian team, saying he had a “strong interest in supporting democracy internationally.”

The Multinational Observer Group also includes Israel, South Africa, Brazil, Russia, Turkey, Australia, New Zealand, Korea, Iran and the UK.

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