Hugh Cholomondeley to head team to monitor T&T elections
- Gocool Boodoo heads to Suriname elections
Former broadcaster, Guyanese Hugh Cholmondeley, will head the Caricom mission invited to monitor general elections in Trinidad and Tobago on Monday.
The 21-member team will be looking at the preparedness of the Elections Boundary Commission (EBC) and will be deployed throughout the country on polling day. It is expected that they will observe the opening, voting, closing and the counting of ballots procedures on the day.
They will also observe the close of the electoral campaigns.
The Deputy Head of the Mission is Barbados’ former Deputy Prime Minister and former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dame Billy Miller.
The leaders of the mission are expected to meet with President Maxwell Richards, Prime Minister Patrick Manning and Opposition Leader, Kamla Persad-Bissessar.
Meanwhile, Electoral Commissioner of St. Lucia, Michael Flood, will head the team to observe the Suriname elections on Tuesday. Chief Elections Officer of Guyana, Gocool Boodoo is the deputy Head of Mission.
The Missions’ main functions would include assessing the political environments and outcomes of those elections and to prepare a report on their findings.
This practice of fielding CARICOM Observers Missions is part of the Community’s efforts to foster democratic principles and the maintenance of good governance in CARICOM Member States.
The Mission to Trinidad and Tobago will depart on Wednesday May 26, while the team to Suriname will leave on May 28.