The Multinational Observer Group has released its final report on the 2018 Fijian General Elections.
The report outlines the MOG’s findings and offers 21 recommendations to improve the effectiveness of future elections in Fiji.
They have found the 2018 General Elections was well-administered, with voting and counting transparent and credible.
The Multi National Observer Group have release their findings of the 2018 General Election.
In delivering their report they congratulated Fiji on the overall conduct of the election.
In their report and recommendations are based on the independent, objective and thorough observations our team made at more than 500 polling stations across Fiji and the extensive engagement the co-chairs and long-term observers had with stakeholders before and after the November poll.
The MOG found that the 2018 General Election was well-administered, with voting and counting transparent and credible.
The security environment was peaceful and the campaign competitive.
Conditions overall supported Fijians to exercise their right to vote freely and the outcome broadly represented the will of the voters.
They offer 21 recommendations in a constructive spirit to build on the achievements of this election.
If implemented, these recommendations will support Fiji in its efforts to further strengthen its electoral system and institutions ahead of the next election in 2022.
The Electoral Commission plays a central role in Fiji’s electoral system, and they have recommended that it be provided with greater resources to deliver on its mandate more effectively.
In addition, they believe measures to strengthen the Commission’s capacity and transparency will help build greater understanding of the Commission’s role and the electoral system,
The MOG also recommended that some electoral laws be reviewed to ensure they do not unnecessarily inhibit voter participation in the electoral process and that the framework best supports voter understanding of the electoral system.
The MOG has also assessed that public confidence in a level electoral playing field could be improved through the development of a code of conduct or caretaker conventions that would take effect from when the election Writ is issued.
A consistent message from voters and other stakeholders during their consultations was that they would like to see party identification in official election material.
The MOG agrees that this inclusion would be useful for voters and help make election material clearer to understand
More on MOG recommendation in our later news bulletin.