More than 40 participants representing different political parties and electoral management bodies from 9 countries in the Pacific are currently gathered in Nadi for the inaugural Regional Pacific Party Dialogue.
It is organised by the United Nations Development Programme’s Pacific Office in Fiji in partnership with The Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung with funding support from the Governments of Australia and New Zealand
Participants have been told that the success of a democracy is measured in the everyday interactions between political institutions and the citizens they represent and therefore, the participation of citizens in political parties offers unique opportunities for people to participate in a process that affects their lives.
For example, in Melanesia, the political party scene in several countries is fragmented with a growing number of parties contesting elections.
This has resulted in the development of legislation to attempt to regulate the proliferation of parties and to ensure they meet certain standards before being able to register and contest elections.