15 Jul 2014

Fiji electoral officers trained by EU

1:42 pm on 15 July 2014

The European Union ambassador for the Pacific says the process to ensure a credible election for Fiji in September is well underway.

The first of three Training the Trainers workshops began yesterday and will teach 60 people how to train 4,000 polling station presiding officers, assistant presiding officers and polling venue coordinators.

The cost of the workshops is being met by the EU.

Ambassador Andrew Jacobs says they are aware of the challenge to ensure a fair election and are committed to making the electoral process as good as it can be.

"We're confident all the different ingredients are being put in place to ensure credible elections but there's a challenge making sure everything is in place. There's only a couple of months to go now, there's a lot of work still to be done but we're encouraged about the way things are progressing."

Andrew Jacobs says the funding will also cover printing of about 14,000 training manuals and the EU trainers will continue to monitor and support election staff.