ELEC­TORAL PROCESS A CHAL­LENGE: AUS­TRALIAN COM­MIS­SION

Fiji Sun - - Fiji Today - Li­tia Tiko­mailepanoni, Edited by Ru­si­ate Mataika

First As­sis­tant Com­mis­sioner for Net­work Op­er­a­tions for Aus­tralian Elec­toral Com­mis­sion Kevin Kit­son says man­ag­ing elec­toral events are im­mensely com­pli­cated.

He said this dur­ing the three-day Pa­cific Elec­toral Net­works meet­ing hosted by the Fi­jian Elec­tions Of­fice in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the Com­mon­wealth Sec­re­tariat and the Pa­cific Is­lands, Aus­tralia and New Zealand Elec­toral Ad­min­is­tra­tors (PIANZEA) net­work at Westin on De­na­rau Is­land, Nadi yes­ter­day. “As many of you know, the 2013 Fed­eral Elec­tions in Aus­tralia was a par­tic­u­larly chal­leng­ing ex­pe­ri­ence for the AEC,that process tested us in many ways and we were found want­ing,” Mr Kit­son. “As an or­gan­i­sa­tion we are learn­ing from these chal­lenges and putting in place pro­cesses and pro­ce­dures to strengthen our own elec­tions go­ing for­ward.” He en­cour­aged other rep­re­sen­ta­tives to share their own elec­toral ex­pe­ri­ences and learn from each other dur­ing the panel ses­sion that was to start to­day. “By meet­ing to­gether we ac­knowl­edge that none of us can claim to have all the an­swers and that all of us have much to learn, to ex­change, to teach and to give,” he said. 18 Pa­cific Elec­tion Man­age­ment Bod­ies (EMBS) are at­tend­ing this meet­ing which is hosted by the Fi­jian Elec­tions of­fice from Mon­day and closes to­mor­row.

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