Indonesia to send 15 for election

THE Indonesian government will send 15 professional election experts as observers for the 2018 General Election.

This was confirmed by the Indonesian ambassador to Fiji, Benyamin Scott Carnadi, during an interview at his office in Suva yesterday.

Indonesia has signed a term of reference with the minister responsible for Elections, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, to co-lead the Multi-National Observation Group (MOG) with Australia and India.

Mr Carnadi said they were also part of the MOG in the 2014 election and were privileged to be part of the process again.

“We are expecting other countries to join the MOG and we are looking forward to that. We have also seen that the election office has prepared the process of election for Fijians in a transparent manner,” he added.

The election observers from Indonesia, Mr Carnadi said, would include officials from Indonesia’s elections office, foreign affairs, elections experts and civil society organisations.

He said it was also important that the electoral processes were in line with democratic values.

“It is to be done in a transparent manner according to the Constitution and also uphold democratic values. “It should also cater the will of the people to provide a venue for Fijians to cast their votes because it belongs to them and the results will be determined by them too.”

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