A CARICOM Election Observation Mission is monitoring the General Elections in Saint Lucia, today Monday 26 July 2021.
The Mission is today observing the Election Day activities including the opening of the polls through to the tabulation and announcement of the results.
Since its arrival in Saint Lucia, the Mission has held meetings with key stakeholders, including representatives of the political parties, the Electoral Commission and civil society organisations.
Three political parties; the incumbent United Workers Party led by Prime Minister Allen Chastanet, the main opposition Saint Lucia Labour Party led by Opposition Leader Phillip J. Pierre, and the newly former Saint Lucia Green Party led by Andre De Caries are facing the electorate of about 160,000 registered voters. There are also four Independent Candidates including former Prime Minister Stephenson King.
Following the conclusion of the Election Day activities, a Preliminary Statement will be issued outlining the Mission’s initial assessment of the electoral process. The Mission will thereafter prepare a detailed Independent Final Report on the election for submission to CARICOM Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque.
The ten-member CARICOM Election Observation Mission is led by Ms. Fern Narcis-Scope, Chief Elections Officer of the Elections and Boundaries Commission of Trinidad and Tobago.
Other members of the CEOM are –
Mr. John Jarvis – Antigua and Barbuda
Ms. Jeanette Charles – Antigua and Barbuda
Mr. Sase Gunraj – Guyana
Mr. Manoj Narayan – Guyana
Ambassador Michael Powell – St. Kitts and Nevis
Ms. Dora James – St. Vincent and the Grenadines
Mr. Steven Mac Andrew – Suriname
Mr. Hendrik Jamaloodin – Suriname; and
Ms. Pamela Ogiste – Trinidad and Tobago.
The CEOM is supported by Mr. Jhonson Alexandre and Ms. Serojnie Seetaram of the Foreign and Community Relations Directorate of the CARICOM Secretariat.
The role of the CEOM is to observe the electoral process, collect qualitative and quantitative information regarding the voting process and the results to facilitate the preparation of an Independent Final Report on the General Elections of Saint Lucia.