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PIF team to observe Nauru election
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12:07, August 21, 2007

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A team of observers representing the Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) is on Nauru this week to observe the Nauru's General Elections, which will be held on Aug. 25.

According to a press release from the Forum Secretariat Tuesday, the team will seek to gain a broad overview of the environment in which the elections take place, the electoral process and the elections themselves and will report to the Secretary-General.

Copies of the report will be provided to the Government and election authorities of Nauru.

The PIF is the regional inter-governmental body for the South Pacific nations and territories.

Around 4,000 voters in Nauru will go to the polls to elect a new government.

So far, 83 candidates have registered their intention to contest the 18 parliamentary seats.

Greg Urwin, Secretary-General of the Forum Secretariat, said the Forum is pleased to accept the invitation of Nauru to observe its elections.

"The presence of our team demonstrates the ongoing support of Forum members for democratic governance, political stability and economic rehabilitation in Nauru," said Urwin.

In recent years the Forum has also fielded election observers in the Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Bougainville and Fiji, and most recently observed last month's national elections in Papua New Guinea.

Source: Xinhua



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