23 Apr 2008

Pacific Forum to send two observers to Nauru for election

8:27 pm on 23 April 2008

The Pacific Islands Forum is sending two observers to monitor the general elections in Nauru on Saturday, after a request from the island's Government.

Nauru's President, Marcus Stephen, declared a state of emergency last week, dissolved Parliament and called a snap election to try and break weeks of Parliamentary deadlock.

The acting secretary general at the Forum, Peter Forau, says the agency is committed to helping Nauru achieve a peaceful and lawful resolution to the political crisis.

He says sending observers provides a demonstration of the region's support for a credible election and the return of stable parliamentary government.

The Forum mission will consist of Makurita Baaro, the former Chief Secretary and Secretary to the Cabinet of Kiribati, and Shennia Spillane from the Forum Secretariat.

Both were members of the Forum Observer Team to Nauru's elections last August.