17 Apr 2010

Nauru invites Forum election observers to monitor general elections

4:44 am on 17 April 2010

Nauru has invited the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat to send a small team of Forum election observers to monitor and assess the nation's general elections.

Polling in Nauru takes place on 24 April.

The Secretary General of the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat says the group will be present in Nauru before, during and after the general elections in order to gain a broad overview of the environment in which the election will take place.

Tuiloma Neroni Slade says the observers will also present a report to the Nauru election authorities.

A former head of the Fiji Elections Office and a former Ombudsman and a former Chairperson of the Fiji Human Rights Commission, Walter Rigamoto, will head the Forum Election Observer Mission.

He also served on several election observation missions, including Solomon Islands and East Timor.

Mr Rigamoto will be accompanied by the Secretariat's Regional Governance Adviser Dr Henry Ivarature and Legal Drafting Officer Daiana Buresova.

The team arrive today and will be in Nauru for two weeks.