The Electoral Commission [‘EC’] and the Fijian Elections Office [‘FEO’] signed a Memorandum of Understanding [‘MOU’] with the International Foundation for Electoral Systems [‘IFES’], a US-based international organization specializing in elections.
The agreement was signed to enhance co-operation and collaboration to develop electoral practices in Fiji as well as for the FEO to benefit from various activities of IFES in the Pacific region and the world.
IFES and the FEO have had a cordial relationship in the past and the media was trained for the previous two (2) elections by IFES directly.
This year, IFES has conducted leadership training for the FEO senior management together with development of material for media training for the 2022 General Election.
In signing the MOU, the Chairperson of the EC, Mr Mukesh Nand acknowledged the contributions of IFES to building the credibility of Fijian elections and expressed that he looked forward to better relations with IFES in terms of key objectives of elections in Fiji.