Commonwealth to Observe General Elections

Commonwealth to Observe General ElectionsAntigua St. John's - Commonwealth Secretary-General Kamalesh Sharma announced today that the Commonwealth will send an observer mission to Antigua and Barbuda for the country’s general elections this month.

The Secretary-General constituted the mission at the invitation of the Government of Antigua & Barbuda.

Paul East QC, former attorney general of New Zealand, is to lead the observer mission. Also serving on the mission  Rebecca Kabukie Adjalo, Commissioner with the Electoral Commission of Ghana.

Commenting on the significance of the 12 June polls, Sharma said: "The upcoming elections represent a further opportunity for the people of Antigua and Barbuda to exercise their democratic right in electing their future leaders.

Elections lie at the very heart of democracy and I am delighted that the Commonwealth will be present to observe this process.”

The mission will consider the pre-electoral environment and election preparations.

It will observe proceedings on Election Day, observe the counting of votes and the results process, and will determine whether the elections were conducted according to the standards for democratic elections to which the country has committed itself to uphold. Where appropriate, it will make recommendations to the Electoral Commission for the future strengthening of the electoral framework.

The Commonwealth Observer Mission will be in Antigua and Barbuda from 6 June, supported by a two-person team from the Commonwealth Secretariat - Mr Tafawa Williams and Mr Linford Andrews, both political advisers.

The mission will submit its report to the Commonwealth Secretary-General, who will in turn send it to the Government of Antigua and Barbuda, the Electoral Commission of Antigua and Barbuda, political parties and civil society organisations, and eventually to all Commonwealth governments.

Reporting by Caribarena news, publishing by Ofer Shaked.

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RE: Commonwealth to Observe General Elections

#6 Vote for Change » 2014-06-09 11:54

Good to know.. So the UPP cannot play any back door games with the full boxes...! People keep an eye on the boxes at all time... You see something take a photo of it with your cell...!

Vote for Change


#5 Donseebat » 2014-06-07 09:10

I will like to get their numbers to contact them and introduce them to score of yound men and women ,all of a sudden being paid by government while working for private companies . even at people private homes if that is not bribary of the highest order then what is ? Look I voted for UPP in 2004 , and I am ashme of them . if they had done their jobs they would not be running all over the place doing all sort of work , draining the trasuary . Dont talk about health center / CBH money spending . Those are not democracy but incompetence , they bribary of the highest order to be returned to office .


@ SMDH Too

#4 Meigo Man » 2014-06-07 08:40

The ABLP has appealed for help to assist the citizens of Barbuda who have not been paid for weeks! The UPP has tried to starve the poor voters of Barbuda into submission...they were not anticipating this intervention!

The UPP could have taken some of the millions offered to them for elections and done the very same thing!

I hope the UPP operatives call one of these observers by mistake and offer them $5,000 for their voter's card! :-x :-x :-x

Meigo Man

Keep your eyes on the ballot box

#3 wadadman1 » 2014-06-07 07:25

We are going to watch those ballot box like hawk, they are not going to steal this election and people also remember look out for strange faces at the polls and to walk with your flashlight in case of power outage.


RE: Commonwealth to Observe General Elections

#2 SMDH » 2014-06-07 06:56

Is this the same observer group that said 2009 elections were free and fair? CHOOPS. How does paying somebody their SALARY considered a bribe? If you know barbudans they are strong willed people and if they mean to vote bout Arthur, he could bring a million dollars, they would still vote him out. GDFOH


RE: Commonwealth to Observe General Elections

#1 SMDH Too » 2014-06-07 05:56

I hope the observers are taking note of the ALP's bribery going on in Barbuda this weekend. Bribery is an offence under our laws and whether it is dressed up in a suit or as naked and vulgar as what the ALP is doing, it must be called out for what it is.


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