May 23, 2013

Aust yet to decide on election funding

May 23, 2013 01:12:38 PM 

The Australian government is yet to decide on its funding allocation to Fiji for the 2014 elections.

Australian Aid Minister Counselor Pacific John Davidson says they have not decided on any amount yet but they do remain committed to supporting credible steps towards the return to democracy and democratic elections. 

“For instance we provided nearly $4.8 million FJD towards the electronic voter registration process, the constitution development process and civic education in 2013,” Davidson said. 

“But given that the constitution is till being finalised and the electoral commission is yet to be established its quite hard for us to say exactly how we might support that process and what sort of figure could be given,” he said. 

“We would need to understand the nature of the new constitution and the nature of the process so until then we cannot determine any amount yet.” 

Meanwhile Davidson said this was the first time for the Australian government to provide Fiji with $105.5 million for aid. 

He also said this represents 18 per cent of increase overall in the program and a 15 per cent in bilateral component in the program which includes the aids provided directly to the people in Fiji. 

By Mereani Gonedua

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