ELECTORAL PROCESS A CHALLENGE: AUSTRALIAN COMMISSION
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.