September 10, 2013

Elections team observes Australian elections

15:04 Today (September 10, 2013)

The Fiji Elections Office says it has gained experience that will enhance its preparations for the 2014 elections during a mission to observe Australia’s federal election in Canberra last week.

Acting Permanent Secretary for Elections, Mohammad Saneem said there are a number of lessons that they’ll bring back to Fiji on such things as best practices for the setup and management of polling stations.

He said it was also valuable to see the manner in which Australia’s Voter Education program is conducted.

Saneem and his team also had the opportunity to network with electoral administrators from other countries, as well as with international organisations such as Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (IDEA) and International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES). 

The program included briefings on the Australian electoral system and the structure of the Australian Electoral Commission, as well as providing the opportunity to observe pre-polling, polling, the scrutiny of votes, counting after the close of polling and the election night virtual tally.

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