8 May 2014

EU wants to assess Fiji elections

4:37 am on 8 May 2014

The European Union's Ambassador to the Pacific says the only way the EU can lift restrictions on Fiji is if it's allowed to carry out some sort of assessment of the elections.

Andrew Jacobs says they haven't received a formal invitation from the Fiji government to send observers to the planned elections in September.

Mr Jacobs says they've been talking with Fiji about how they can provide support in order to assess the credibility of the elections.

"One thing that's very important for the European Union is to be able to lift the restrictions that we currently have in place on government to government development cooperation that we've had in place since 2007 and in order to lift those restrictions we'll need to make sure that there has been a fully credible electoral process."

Andrew Jacobs says the EU is pleased international observers have been invited, with Fiji recently asking Australia to head the international observer group.

The Melanesian Spearhead Group will be sending observers while the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat says it so far has not been invited.