International — 13 June 2014 — by Adele Ramos
Belize among countries observing Antigua elections

Barrette Woodye of the Belize Elections and Boundaries Department is in Antigua and Barbuda where she is with a CARICOM Electoral Observer Mission which will observe and report on tomorrow’s election in that country.

A statement from the CARICOM Secretariat said that the mission, headed by Orrette Fisher, Director of the Electoral Office of Jamaica, follows an invitation from the Government of Antigua and Barbuda.

The mission is made up of 11 representatives from the Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Jamaica, St. Kitts and Nevis, Trinidad and Tobago, 2 members of staff of the CARICOM Secretariat.

“On the day of elections, the Observer Mission will monitor activities in 16 of the 17 constituencies including the opening of the poll, voting, close of poll and tallying of the ballots,” the CARICOM Secretariat said.

It added that the mission will issue a preliminary statement based on its observations, followed by a full report to H.E. Irwin LaRocque, Secretary-General of the Caribbean Community.

An Electoral Observation Mission from the Organization of American States (OAS) is also in Antigua.

The OAS says that, “Last February, the Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda, Baldwin Spencer, extended an invitation to the OAS to send an EOM to observe the general elections, in which 17 members of the House of Representatives will be elected.”

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