07/24/2021 | News release | Distributed by Public on 07/24/2021 13:29
A Commonwealth Observer Group (COG) has arrived in Castries, Saint Lucia for the general elections scheduled for this Monday, 26 July 2021.
The team arrived on 22-23 July and will be deployed to polling stations across the country to observe pre-poll preparations, voting day and result counting processes.
In an arrival statement, the Chair of the COG and former Speaker of the House of Assembly of the Bahamas, Alvin Smith, said: 'We recognise that these elections are taking place in a challenging environment when the world is confronted with a global pandemic.
'The group will consider the pre-election environment and election preparations. It will observe the organisation and conduct of the election process as a whole, including deploying observers to various regions of the country on Election Day.
The group will observe the voting, vote-counting and results procedures. The Group's mandate is to assess whether the elections have been conducted according to the national, regional, Commonwealth and international standards to which Saint Lucia has committed itself. Where appropriate, the group can also make recommendations for the future strengthening of the electoral framework.'
The COG will issue an Interim Statement of its preliminary findings on 28 July before departing Saint Lucia on 30 July.
The Commonwealth Observer Group members are: