The Attorney-General briefed the Indian Electoral Commissioners, Mr. V S Sampath (Chief Commissioner), Mr. Harishankar Brahma and Mr. Syed Nasim Ahmad Zaidi and their staff on the preparations for the 2014 general election, in a meeting with the Indian Electoral Commission, on 31 January 2014, in New Delhi India.

“Holding elections that are free, fair and credible, based on a fair electoral system is the absolute priority of the Bainimarama Government, and the Indian Government including the Indian Electoral Commission has shown a deep level of understanding and support for this process. Accordingly we look forward to close cooperation between the Indian Electoral Commission and the Fijian Elections Office and Fijian Electoral Commission”.

“In fact the Indian Electoral Commission has agreed to finalize a Memorandum of Understanding between the two Electoral Commissions, to enable flow of information, technical assistance and personnel between the two agencies”, said the Attorney General.

“We had very constructive exchange of information with the Indian Electoral commissioners and discussed a wide range of issues including the elections preparations, the role of the Fijian Electoral Commission and how for the first time Fiji will have one day polling”, the Attorney-General said.

“The Indian Electoral Commissioners commended the appointment of the independent Fijian Electoral Commission, saying that it signifies the independence and credibility of the election process,” said the Attorney-General.

The Attorney General said “To get such endorsement and pledge of assistance and cooperation by the Electoral Commission of the world’s largest democracy demonstrates confidence in the processes and work done so far in the preparations for the elections by the Bainimarama Government.”

The Minister and his delegation received a demonstration on the electronic voting system that has been widely and successfully used in the Indian elections.

The Indian Electoral Commission was also interested in the Fijian Registration of Political Parties Decree and asked the Attorney General for a copy of it.

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