The Multinational Observer Group says it has observed a number of electoral processes last week as part of fulfilling its mandated role which includes processes managed by both the Fijian Elections Office and the Electoral Commission.
It says as part of its observation activities the Multinational Observer Group observers were present for the closure of candidate nominations, the opening and closure of the candidate appeal and objection period, the announcement by the Electoral Commission of the outcomes of the appeals and objections process, the official notice of poll and pre‑poll voting, the commencement of the printing of ballot papers, the candidate ball draw, the transport of the postal ballots from Star Printery to the Fijian Elections Office warehouse and the start of the packing of postal ballots.
Observer Coordinator Alice Cawte says it is important that the Group observes these key milestones in the electoral processes and as polling day approaches, they will be observing many more processes.
Cawte says in the interests of transparency, the Multinational Observer Group is using social media to highlight what their observers are doing in real‑time where possible. She says she would encourage people to follow them on Facebook and Twitter.
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