22 May 2008

Nauru Government ticked off by monitors over election under state of emergency

7:29 pm on 22 May 2008

The Pacific Islands Forum team which monitored last month's Nauru election has admonished the Government for calling the poll under a state of emergency and allowing a little over a week to campaign.

The monitors though do say that the result of the snap poll was credible and accurately reflected the will of the people.

Nauru was forced into the election just eight months after the previous poll by weeks of a political stalemate in Parliament.

The monitors say both polling and counting were conducted without problems and they have commended the electoral staff for their work, especially given the extremely short preparation time available.

But it says the poll took place in less than ideal circumstances and says convening an election at very short notice under a state of emergency opened the process to inevitable limitations.

Its recommendations include balancing the need for a speedy election against the rights of all to fully participate, and encourages the Parliament to pass the planned constitutional reform without delay.