14 Feb 2017

Pacific Forum team monitors Indonesia elections

3:09 pm on 14 February 2017

A Pacific Islands Forum team is to join monitors of the Indonesian regional elections which start tomorrow.

The Secretary General of the Pacific Islands Forum, Dame Meg Taylor says West Papua is a sensitive issue.

Dame Meg Taylor Photo: AFP

The Forum is to observe voting in Jayapura and Manokwari in the provinces of Papua and West Papua.

The Forum Secretary General Dame Meg Taylor said the Pacific region and Indonesia share a belief in the principles of good governance and fair and free elections.

She said she was sure there was much the Pacific could learn from the third largest democracy in the world.

In addition the Forum, along with the Commonwealth Secretariat, is this week on a joint mission to Nauru for a 'Post 2016 Election Workshop'.

Dame Meg said this invitation from Nauru shows its commitment to be open and transparent about its electoral processes.

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