Tuesday, April 17, 2007

International review team to assess timetable

www.fijilive.com -Tuesday, April 17, 2007

An independent international review team will assess whether a 36-month timetable set by the interim Government for a return to democracy is justified.

PacNews reported this was part of a joint initiative with the Pacific Islands Forum to reach a resolution on the political crisis in Fiji. The initiative was endorsed by the joint Forum Working Group on Fiji.

Fiji's interim Government proposes a 36-month timetable while the forum and the international community want that timeframe reduced to between 18-24 months.

At its meeting last week, the joint working group endorsed the terms of reference for the study to be conducted between May and June this year. Among its terms of reference was the need to find out whether an election in Fiji could still be held within the current boundaries and electoral rolls.

The team would also investigate whether a new census and boundaries needed to be drawn up.

The study team was to be made up of one or two international independent experts in census and electoral matters.

They would consider resources available in Fiji for these tasks and recommend if additional resourcing was needed to complete them in the minimum practicable time. A final report would be submitted to the joint working group in June.

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