2 May 2006

Forum deploys 24 observers for Fiji election

3:46 pm on 2 May 2006

A 24-member election observer group representing the Pacific Islands Forum will be deployed in Fiji this week ahead of the elections which begin on Saturday.

The Forum's secretary-general, Greg Urwin, says the group is looking forward to observing the conduct of the election and to also assessing the integrity of the election process.

Mr Urwin says observers are drawn from Australia, New Zealand, Tonga and Tuvalu as well as staff from the Forum Secretariat.