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India Helps Buy Vehicles For Elections

The Indian High Commission­er, Vishvas Sapkal, hopes to continue the relationship with Fiji in strengthening democ­racy. The High Commission a donated $224,000 cheque to the Fijian Elec­tions Office yesterday to
14 Jul 2018 11:00
India Helps Buy Vehicles For Elections
From left: Indian High Commissioner Vishvas Sapkal, Permanent Secretary for the Office of the Prime Minister Yogesh Karan, and Supervisor of Elections Mohammed Saneem with the cheque from the Indian High Commission on July 13, 2018. Photo: Simione Haravanua

The Indian High Commission­er, Vishvas Sapkal, hopes to continue the relationship with Fiji in strengthening democ­racy.

The High Commission a donated $224,000 cheque to the Fijian Elec­tions Office yesterday to help with the 2018 General Election.

Mr Sapkal said they made a simi­lar donation to the Fijian Elections Office in 2014.

“India is the largest practising democracy and India is happy in assisting the spread of democratic values in the world,” he said.

“In strengthening democracies the best thing is that the Elections Commission of India and Fijian Elections Office have a co-opera­tion and signed a MOU in January 2017.”

 

“As of that MOU we are providing assistance. In the last general elec­tions we donated 10 vehicles and for this elections one vehicle has already been provided and another four more have been procured to­day.”

Supervisor of Elections Moham­med Saneem said the Fijian Elec­tions Office continued to support from the Indian Government and the grant presented yesterday was further support in terms of getting vehicles for the election.

“I would like to thank his excellen­cy Mr Sapkal and the Government of India for their support to the Fi­jian Elections Office,” Mr Saneem said.

“Considering the fact that there may be elections in the next few months we will quickly initiate the procurements of vehicles for the election.”

Edited by Percy Kean

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