7 Jun 2012

NZ and Australia offer Fiji help with 2014 election preparations

1:07 pm on 7 June 2012

The New Zealand foreign minister, Murray McCully, says Wellington and Canberra are working hand in glove in drawing up an offer to Fiji to facilitate the elections promised for 2014.

Last week, the Australian government said it offered 2.6 million US dollars to help Fiji deliver on its commitment to hold free and fair elections.

The money is proposed to go to the elections office, the constitutional commission and a civic awareness campaign

Mr McCully says New Zealand will detail its proposed assistance in the next days.

"We've made it clear that there'll be an offer of support on a number of different fronts, including the enrolment process but also the public dialogue that the commission is leading to shape up the constitution for the election to be held."

The New Zealand foreign minister, Murray McCully