Tuesday 29 September, 2020

CARICOM Election Observation Mission for Dominica Elections

A three member team from the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) will observe Friday’s General Election process in the Commonwealth of Dominica.

The Election Observation Mission will be headed by Josephine Tamai, Chief Elections Officer, Department of Elections and Boundaries of Belize.

Tamai has experience working on the ground in Dominica as she recently served as a member of the CARICOM Joint Electoral Reform Mission to the island.

She will be supported by Jhonson Alexandre and Helen Marshall of the Foreign and Community Relations Directorate of the CARICOM Secretariat.

A statement from CARICOM outlined that the mission will end on December 9, 2019.

The statement said: “The CARICOM Election Observation Mission will meet with the electoral officials, leaders of political parties and other stakeholders of the Commonwealth of Dominica. On the day of the elections, the Mission will monitor the electoral process including the opening of the Poll, the voting process, the closing of the Poll and the counting of the ballots.”

It added: “The Election Observation Mission will issue a Preliminary Statement based on its observations and findings. A Report of the General Elections will be subsequently prepared and submitted to the Secretary-General of the Caribbean Community.”

The monitoring team will be joined by members of the Regional Security System (RSS), who will be on a peace keeping mission. RSS members were called into action yesterday after supporters of the Opposition United Workers Party (UWP) staged a fiery protest on the main road leading to the Douglas-Charles Airport and in the north-eastern constituency of Marigot, which is held by Opposition Leader Lennox Linton.

The protesters have demanded electoral reform and an audit of the voters list.


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