Commonwealth briefed on Samoa’s electoral work

Electoral Commissioner, Faimalomatumua Mathew Lemisio, has briefed the visiting Commonwealth Secretary General, Patricia Scotland, on the work of the Electoral office.

They include moves to streamline the electoral process and build voter awareness. The Commonwealth operates a number of programmes in electoral support, which Samoa has also accessed.

A senior member of the electoral office was part of the Commonwealth Observer Group mission to Papua New Guinea, in June-July this year.

Assistant Electoral Commissioner, Fetogi Vaai, was among the 12-member group, which was chaired by former New Zealand Governor-General, Sir Anand Satyanand.

Their report was presented last week by SG Scotland to Papua New Guinea’s Prime Minister, Peter O’Neil, on the margins of the 48th Pacific Islands Forum in Apia.

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