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Commonwealth to look at elections in Antigua and Barbuda


The Commonwealth Secretariat Friday introduced that former Seychelles president, Danny Faure, will lead a six-member staff of Commonwealth election observers to Antigua and Barbuda for the January 18 basic election.

Commonwealth Secretary-Common, Baroness Patricia Scotland KC, introduced the composition of the Commonwealth Remark Group in response to an invite from the Antigua and Barbuda authorities

“I thank Danny Faure for accepting my invitation to guide this group and every of the Commonwealth observers for agreeing to undertake this vital project.

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“The group, which is impartial and neutral, will assess the general conduct of the election and, on the finish, make suggestions which is able to contribute in the direction of strengthening the electoral course of in Antigua and Barbuda,” Scotland stated in a press release.

The Commonwealth Secretariat stated the group’s mandate is to look at the preparations for the election, the polling, counting, tabulation procedures and the general electoral atmosphere in addition to contemplate any components that would impinge upon the credibility of the method as a complete.

“Previous to deployment, the group can even have briefings with the nation’s political occasion representatives, cops and several other stakeholders, together with officers from the Electoral Fee, the media and social society teams representing girls, youth and folks with disabilities.”

The group will submit its suggestions in a report back to the Commonwealth Secretary-Common, who will ahead it to the Antigua and Barbuda, the nation’s Electoral Fee, the management of political events collaborating within the elections and all Commonwealth governments.

The Commonwealth Observer staff is because of arrive in Antigua January 14.

Prime Minister Gaston Browne, is main his ruling Antigua and Barbuda Labour Occasion (ABLP) into the election, having gained 15 of the 17 seats within the March 21, 2018, election. The opposite two seats have been gained by the principle opposition United Progressive Occasion, and the Barbuda-based Barbuda Folks’s Motion successful the opposite two seats.

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