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Fiji Islands General Election, 25 August – 5 September 2001

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These Election Reports are the observations, conclusions and recommendations of Commonwealth Observer Groups. The SecretaryGeneral constitutes these observer missions at the request of governments and with the agreement of all significant political parties. At the end of a mission, a report is submitted to the SecretaryGeneral, who makes it available to the government of the country in question, the political parties concerned and to all Commonwealth governments. The report eventually becomes a public document.

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The Campaign and the News Media

When we arrived in Fiji Islands the campaign was well under way but we were still able to attend several rallies. In the major cities banners and A4 size candidates' posters were liberally pasted on street furniture, roundabouts, in trees and anywhere else they could be attached. The Suva City Council complained that it was difficult to apprehend people illegally using council property such as lamp-posts for election purposes.

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