Fiji’s Permanent Secretary Responsible for Elections, Mohammed Saneem, will be in Canberra this week to observe Australia’s federal election on the 7th of September.
“We are pleased to have this opportunity to observe how elections are run in Australia,” Mr. Saneem said. “In Fiji, the Elections Office is making preparations to hold 2014’s parliamentary election in one day. This is the practice in most of the world’s democracies, including Australia, because it is the most cost-efficient and transparent method, with less opportunity for fraud,” he said.
“Not only will this visit give us the chance to view Australian electoral processes to see what lessons can be applied to Fiji, but it will also allow us to network with election officials from other countries,” he said.
Mr. Saneem will be joined by Fiji’s principle electoral officer, Asenaca Kolinivala. The two are travelling to Australia under the Australian Electoral Commission’s “Election Visitor Program.”
The program will include briefings on the Australian electoral system and the structure of the AEC, as well as provide the opportunity to observe pre-polling, polling, the scrutiny of votes, counting after the close of polling and the election night virtual tally. It will also include a comprehensive post-election plenary session.
The Program will run from Thursday 5 September to Monday 9 September.