The Electoral Commission today met with non Government organisations engaged in civic education.
According to the Commission, this was a vital move.
“This is a part of the Electoral Commission’s exploratory mission to learn as much as possible what NGOs are already doing and whether they will be extending their work to include voter education,” says Commission chairman Chan Bunn Young.
The seven NGO’s that accepted the invitation to attend the meeting include, Transparency International, the Citizen Constitution Forum, Fiji Women’s Rights Movement, Pacific Center for Peacebuilding, National Council of Women Fiji, Soqosoqo Vakamarama and FemLink Pacific.
NGO reps that attended came out of the meeting encouraged at these early steps taken by the Commission saying once the Electoral Decree is out later this month, it will provide guidance on how they plan to continue their ongoing civil voter education work in the communities.