5 May 2014

MSG forming Fiji election observer team

6:31 am on 5 May 2014

The Melanesian Spearhead Group says it's preparing for when it will send a mission to Fiji to observe the elections planned for September.

Last year the prime minister Frank Bainimarama invited the regional organisation to send a team to help observe the elections.

The Programmes Division Director at the MSG, Barbara Age, says they are in the process of consulting with member countries on the composition of the team.

"We are also in consultation with the government of Fiji on our preparations which will include conducting a couple of workshops for the observer mission because this will be the first time that the MSG will be participating as an observer in any election."

Barbara Age says Papua New Guinea will also play a key role in the mission and the MSG welcomes working with other organisations or countries involved.

Fiji recently asked the Australian government to head the international observer group.