[xml][/xml]
The Bahamas Weekly Facebook The Bahamas Weekly Twitter
News : International Last Updated: Feb 25, 2020 - 12:13:58 PM


Commonwealth group in Guyana to observe elections
By The Commonwealth
Feb 25, 2020 - 12:07:25 PM

Email this article
 Mobile friendly page
A Commonwealth election observer group led by the former Prime Minister of Barbados Owen Arthur is in Guyana to observe the upcoming general and regional elections.

Observers arrived in Georgetown on Sunday, 23 February and have begun briefings with key stakeholders, including the Guyana Elections Commission, political parties, civil society groups, the police and the media.

Commonwealth Observer Group

As Chairperson of the group, Mr Arthur said in his arrival statement: “I am greatly honoured to have been asked by Commonwealth Secretary-General Rt Hon Patricia Scotland QC, to lead the Commonwealth Observer Group to the General and Regional Elections, scheduled for 2 March 2020.

“Our Group is comprised of 11 eminent persons drawn from across the different regions of the Commonwealth, including Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Europe and the Pacific.

“They bring a wealth of experience from across the social and political spectrum with expertise in the fields of politics, election management, law, the media, gender, civil society and human rights.”

Deployment

This Friday, members will deploy in teams around the country to observe final preparations, polling day activities and the post-election day environment.

The Chair added: “We are aware of the significance of these elections to the people of Guyana and we call on all stakeholders to demonstrate commitment to a peaceful, transparent, credible and inclusive election.”

The group will issue an interim statement on 4 March, before preparing its final report. They will submit their final report to the Commonwealth Secretary-General, before it is shared with relevant stakeholders and the public.

A Commonwealth staff team led by Martin Kasirye, Adviser and Head of the Electoral Support Section, is supporting the group.

This is the seventh consecutive election that the Commonwealth has observed in Guyana.

Read the full arrival statement
 


Bookmark and Share




© Copyright 2020 by thebahamasweekly.com

Top of Page

Receive our Top Stories



Preview | Powered by CommandBlast

International
Latest Headlines
UN Security Council must act decisively to control the COVID-19 pandemic
ILO: COVID-19 causes devastating losses in working hours and employment
Prime Minister Minnis sends best wishes to UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson
OAS Launches Practical Gide to Inclusive Rights-Focused responses to COVID-19 in the Americas
Multilateral Entities coordinate response to the regional impact of COVID-19 at the Level of the Joint Summit Working Group