22 Apr 2013

EU in the Pacific says 2006 Fiji election observers had integrity

5:12 am on 22 April 2013

The European Union delegation in the Pacific says its team of observers in the 2006 Fiji elections carried out its work with integrity.

Local media reports that Prime Minister Commodore Frank Bainimarama does not want a repeat of events in 2006 when, despite what he believes were glaring anomalies and fraud, the European Union observers declared the elections credible.

The Ambassador to the EU in the Pacific, Andrew Jacobs says the EU maintains the election was reasonably well conducted but it did suggest ways in which elections in Fiji could be better held in future.

"We feel that the report was credible, that the EU experts did perform their duties with integrity. And I know that the government has been keen to look at the recommendations that were made by these observers."

Andrew Jacobs says the EU hopes to be invited to observe Fiji's elections scheduled next year.