17 Jun 2013

UN agency welcomes talks on help for Fiji elections

3:20 pm on 17 June 2013

The head of the United Nations Development Programme in the region, Knut Ostby, says the agency welcomes the chance to give input on Fiji's elections next year.

The UN body was among representatives from several countries and international agencies who were invited to talks with Fiji's Minister for Elections last week on co-ordinating the international help on offer.

The Minister, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, says the Co-ordinating Committee is a significant step forward in preparing for elections.

Mr Ostby says the UN is still considering what sort of help it will offer Fiji.

"We do not have a blueprint for exactly how an election should take place to be credible and democratic but there are a number of principles that should be followed. The important part of course is participation, that there is transparency etc."

Mr Ostby says the UNDP hopes to have a general idea on what assistance it can offer Fiji by the end of month deadline.