At the invitation of the Government of the Federation of St Kitts and Nevis, the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) has fielded a CARICOM Election Observation Mission to monitor the General Elections, which will be held in that country on Friday.
The three-member Mission will be headed by Mr Gasper Jean Baptiste, Chief Elections Officer of Saint Lucia, who has served as a member of CARICOM Election Observation Missions to other CARICOM Member States. The other members of the Mission are H.E. Mr Arley Gill and Mr Chester Arlington Humphrey, both Nationals of Grenada.
The CARICOM Election Observation Mission proposes to meet with the electoral officials, leaders of political parties and other stakeholders of the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis, and will monitor the voting process including the opening of the poll, the casting of votes, the closing of the poll and the counting of the ballots.
The members of the Observation Mission arrived in St. Kitts and Nevis today and will depart on Sunday.
The Election Observation Mission will issue a Preliminary Statement based on its observations and findings. A Report on the General Elections will be subsequently prepared and submitted to the Secretary-General of the Caribbean Community.
For CARICOM, election observation serves as a platform to support existing democratic traditions within the Caribbean Community as part of its wider policy of supporting democracy and good governance. In this regard, at the request of the Government of the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis, the CARICOM Secretariat conducted virtual training in election observation for a group of local election observers.