The Multinational Observer Group’s (MOG) three co-lead countries, Australia, India and Indonesia, have today announced their respective co-chairs. The three co-chairs have been named as the Hon Jane Prentice MP (Australia), Mr Mukesh Chandra Sahu (India) and H.E. Wajid Fauzi (Indonesia).
Mrs Prentice is a Member of the House of Representatives in the Parliament of Australia and an experienced former Minister. She has a strong history of supporting democracy internationally, including in the Pacific, and is also the chair of the Australia-Pacific Parliamentary Network.
Mr Sahu is the Chief Electoral Officer of the State of Assam in India. He has previously served in other senior positions in the Government of Assam, including Commissioner and Secretary of the IT Department and Secretary of the Election Department. Mr Sahu also previously served as Principal Secretary of the Bodoland Territorial Council in Assam.
H.E. Fauzi is the Special Advisor on Management Affairs to Indonesia’s Foreign Minister. Previously, he was the Indonesian Ambassador to Yemen. H.E. Fauzi is also Chair of Indonesian Elections Committee of Overseas Voters. In this role, he is responsible for administering Indonesia’s overseas voters’ registration and overseas voting process.
Alice Cawte, MOG Observer Coordinator, welcomed the announcements and said the co-chairs would be arriving in Fiji very shortly.
“All three co-chairs are each eminently qualified to perform their roles,” said Ms Cawte.
“We look forward to welcoming the co-chairs over the next couple of days, and we will ensure they have the opportunity to introduce themselves to the people of Fiji ahead of the election.”
The co-chairs are responsible for the overall management and coordination of the MOG and are independent of their respective governments during the terms of their deployments. The co-chairs will also be responsible for delivering the MOG’s interim media statement that follows the election.