Australia pledges aid towards Fiji democracy

Australia pledges aid towards Fiji democracy

Australia pledges aid towards Fiji democracy

Updated 4 June 2012, 6:55 AEST

Foreign Minister Bob Carr says Australia has offered Fiji financial support to help return it to democracy.

He says more than $AU2.5 million in aid will help Fiji hold to its commitment to have free and fair elections and a transition to democracy in 2014.

Senator Carr says the money will go towards free and fair elections.

"That will fund a strong electoral office, a voter registration drive, and the completion of the process of constitutional consultation that proceeds the setting up of a new constitution," he said.

"The government assures us it's serious about an election in 2014 and we're assisting them to deliver that."

However, Senator Carr says there's no guarantees it will be successful.

"We can't be certain," he said.

"Like the other neighbours of Fiji in the Pacific we want to keep a watchful eye on the openness transparency of the constitutional consultation that's underway in Fiji.

"But the interim government assures us it's serious about an election in 2014."