Solomon Islands and Fiji Established Cooperation on Election Management

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SIEC CEO Mose Saitala (left) and Mohammed Saneem, Supervisor of Election for the Fijian Elections Office signs the MOU.

THE Solomon Islands Electoral Office (SIEO) and the Fijian Elections Office have today, at the National Parliament, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU).

The objective of the MOU is to establish a mutually cooperative relationship between the Parties in the field of election administration and to provide opportunities for the exchange of information, technology, expertise and experience on the basis of mutual respect and reciprocity.

Mohammed Saneem, Supervisor of Election for the Fijian Elections Office and SIEO CEO Mose Saitala jointly expressed positivity and the importance of establishing a cooperative relationship as an essential tool for the development of a culture of cooperation between the two Election Management Bodies.

“As a result of the MOU, the two parties will encourage research and carry out joint work initiatives to strengthen democratic integrity, political participation of citizens as well as to foster bilateral cooperation in the field of election management.”

“SIEC and the Fijian Election Office are the only election management bodies in the Pacific Island Countries that have adopted and are implementing the Biometric Voter Registration system, and we have already seen great advantageous in fostering strong cooperation and sharing of lessons learned on BVR matters between our two election management bodies. It was against this backdrop that we see value in expanding the scope of cooperation between our election offices”, CEO Mose Saitala said.

“The Fijian Elections Office greatly values this partnership opportunity where sharing of election knowledge and best practices will take place on an equal platform with our Melanesian brothers,” Mohammed Saneem, Supervisor of Elections, Fiji said.

The scope of cooperation between the Parties under the MOU will include Election systems; sharing experiences in the management of biometric voter registration processes, including technical and administrative expertise; development of democratic integrity in election processes; voter education; and other areas of electoral administration mutually determined by the Parties.

The MOU was signed today September 20, 2019 at the Sir Paul Tovua Complex, National Parliament of Solomon Islands, by the Heads of the two election management bodies, witnessed by Hon Patteson Oti, Chair of the Solomon Islands Electoral Commission and senior staff from both the Fijian Election Office and the Solomon Islands Electoral Office.