4 Jul 2013

Fiji thanks US for election help offer

3:10 pm on 4 July 2013

Fiji's Permanent Secretary for Foreign Affairs, Amena Yauvoli, has praised the United States for its immense support for Fiji's proposed elections.

According to Fijivillage, the US was thanked at US Independence Day celebrations in Suva for offering one million US dollars towards the preparations of the elections.

Yesterday, the Minister Responsible for the Elections, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, held a news conference to reiterate the regime promise that the elections will be held by the end of September next year.

This follows concerns raised by a political group, the United Front For a Democratic Fiji, that the regime may defer the electoral process beyond 2014 by delaying the completion of a new constitution.

In April, Papua New Guinea announced that it would provide more than 11 million US dollars to assist Fiji's for the elections.

Fiji has also proposed a joint Papua New Guinea/ Melanesian Spearhead Group mission to monitor the elections, objecting to European Union observers because they declared that the 2006 polls were credible.