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Breaking down boundaries in the Pacific

The PIANZEA Secretariat, supported by the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC), conducted a BRIDGE workshop in Canberra, Australia on Boundary Delimitation for Polynesian members of the PIANZEA network. Funding for this capacity building program in electoral administration was provided by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT).   The aim of the workshop was to further develop knowledge and capacity of Pacific Electoral Management Body (EMB) staff to explore alternative approaches to boundary delimitation; to introduce the main principles underlying…
PIANZEA jointly sponsored the first ever Pacific Regional Dialogue on Disability Rights in Elections. This event was jointly sponsored by the IFES, AEC/PIANZEA, Pacific Disability Forum (PDF), PIFS and FEO. During the conference, EMB representatives from Samoa, Palau and Australia shared their experiences in providing services for people with disabilities including AEC’s services for blind and low vision voters and its Disability Advisory Committee (DAC). During the meeting FEO announced its intention to establish a similar advisory committee and Palau…

Pacific Electoral Networks Meeting

The PIANZEA Network jointly organised a Pacific Electoral Networks meeting with the Commonwealth Secretariat and the Fijian Elections Office from 9-11 May.  The PENS meeting was the first opportunity to bring the Commonwealth Electoral Network and the PIANZEA networks together. The event was opened by the Fijian Minister for Elections, Mr Aiyaz Sayed Khaiyum; Chairman of the Commonwealth Electoral Network, Mr Issack Hassan; Director, Political Division, Commonwealth Secretariat, Mr Simon Gimson; and First Assistant Commissioner, AEC, Mr Kevin Kitson.   The…

Australian Election Visitor Program

As part of the Australian Federal Election, the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) hosted an election visitor program in Canberra from Thursday 30 June to Monday 4 July 2016. Participants included 42 delegates from electoral management bodies, electoral organisations and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Those in attendance included members of the PIANZEA network from Cook Islands, Fiji, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu. The program provided a forum for discussion about Australia‚Äôs electoral environment and…

Melanesia Electoral Systems Workshop

The PIANZEA program delivered a five-day BRIDGE workshop on electoral systems in Honiara, Solomon Islands from 7-11 March 2016. The workshop was conducted by a team of PIANZEA facilitators (Fiji, Australia, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu). Twenty two participants from Melanesian PIANZEA members (Fiji, Vanuatu, Solomon Islands and PNG) took part in the workshop which was formally opened by the Australian High Commissioner to the Solomon Islands, Mr Andrew Byrne and Acting Chief Electoral Officer, Solomon Islands Electoral Commission, Mr Alphonsus…