CARICOM, OAS here to monitor elections
The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) is fielding a 15-member observer team for today’s General Elections.
The team is being led by Hensley Robinson of Barbados and Lorna Simon of Antigua and Barbuda, who have been selected with the Core Group.
According to a CARICOM statement, Robinson and Simon arrived in Guyana on Tuesday.
The other 13 members of the group include Grace-Anne Critchlow, Barbados; Gustavo Pech, Belize ; Henry George, Dominica; Leslie Ann James, Grenada; Lingham Samuel, Grenada; Jean Thélève Pierre-Toussaint, Haiti; Erlene Williams, Jamaica; Gwendoline Eudine Bridgeman-Bushell, Barbados; Dr. Hermia Morton-Anthony, St. Kitts and Nevis; Sylvia Finlay-Scrub, St. Vincent and the Grenadines ; Jennifer Victorine Van Dijk-Silos, Suriname; Dorethy Claudia Florence Telting, Suriname; and Dr. Noel Kalicharan, Trinidad and Tobago.
CARICOM was among seven organizations invited to monitor the elections.
A four-member team from the CARICOM Secretariat -Janet Crick, Mr. Alan Donawa, Mr. John Campbell and Dr. Raghunath Mahabir- is to lend support to the group.
Already, the team leaders have met with President Bharrat Jagdeo; CARICOM’s Secretary General, Irwin LaRocque; Ambassador Colin Granderson, Assistant Secretary-General and other members of the Secretariat; Chairman of GECOM, Dr. Steve Surujbally; the Chief Elections Officer, Gocool Boodoo, representatives of political parties and other societal groups.
Meanwhile, the Organisation of American States (OAS) also has a team in Guyana for the elections.
Professor Gordon Shirley, Chief of Mission in a release said that several meetings were also held with stakeholders.
“I have personally met with representatives of political parties, the electoral authorities, civil society, and the media to assess the environment in the period leading up to Election Day,” said Professor Shirley.
“Following these meetings, I am encouraged that all interveners in the electoral process have confidence in the General and Regional Elections of Monday November 28, 2011, that preparations for the vote are well in hand and that there are no significant impediments to delivering a smooth and inclusive General and Regional Election”, he added.
In the past few days, Shirley met with senior governmental officials, parties, Amerindian groups, GECOM, Diplomatic Community, the security forces, media and the local observers and union groups.