29 Mar 2014

EU welcomes Fiji election date, supervisor of elections and electoral decree

12:53 pm on 29 March 2014

The European Union has welcomed the publication by the Fiji Government of the Electoral Decree, the appointment of a Supervisor of Elections and the announcement of 17 September 2014 as the date of the elections.

In a statement, the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice President of the Commission, Catherine Ashton, said these are important milestones in Fiji's transition to democracy.

Baroness Ashton says she looks forward to an electoral process that ensures equal opportunities to all candidates and political parties with free and balanced media coverage.

She also added a credible transparent and inclusive process will be important in assuring the people of Fiji and international partners of the legitimacy of the outcome of the elections.