10:30am (Fiji Standard Time), Thursday
19 March 2020
SUVA, Fiji: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and tightening regional travel restrictions, the Pacific Islands Forum election observer mission for the 2020 Vanuatu General election has been recalled.
“Our only consideration was ensuring that team members were able to return to their home countries, said Secretary General of the Pacific Islands Forum, Dame Meg Taylor.
“The decision was not taken lightly and in no way a reflection of Vanuatu’s preparedness. We wish the people of Vanuatu a successful election”
The election observer mission comprised of senior electoral officials from Tonga, Nauru and supported by Forum Secretariat staff.