8 Feb 2012

Fiji Welcomes UN Needs Assessment Mission for Upcoming Elections

8:33 am on 8 February 2012

The Fiji government has accepted an offer from the United Nations to send a Needs Assessment Mission to the country ahead of the planned parliamentary elections in 2014.

The Fiji Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum stipulated that the mission must be politically neutral and unbiased with regard to Fiji, so it can provide an objective technical needs assessment for Fiji to conduct free and fair elections.

The mission is scheduled to take place in early March.

It will provide technical assessment of Fiji's needs, such as ballot boxes, staffing and logistical preparation.

The move follows the Fiji government's recent selection of a Canadian firm as Fijis vendor for electronic voter registration.