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Regional groups to observe local polls

Published:Tuesday | February 23, 2016 | 2:32 AM

Representatives from the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), the Organisation of American States and the local Citizens’ Action for Free and Fair Elections will on Thursday observe Jamaica’s 17th parliamentary elections.

The CARICOM mission is being headed by chief elections officer Josephine Tamai.

The CARICOM team also includes experts in electoral management and administration from Barbados, The Bahamas, Dominica, Saint Lucia, St Kitts and Nevis,  St Vincent and the Grenadines, and Trinidad and Tobago.

On the day of the election, the mission will monitor the electoral process including the opening of the poll, the voting process, the closing of the poll and the counting of the ballots.

The CARICOM mission will issue a preliminary statement based on its observations and findings. 

A report of the general election will be subsequently prepared and submitted to the CARICOM Secretary General.

While in the country the electoral observer mission will meet with Jamaican electoral officials, leaders of political parties and other stakeholders.

The OAS Electoral Observer Mission is also on the island to observe Thursday’s election.

Headed by Janet Bostwick, former minister of foreign affairs of The Bahamas, the OAS mission comprises 23 observers with specialists in the areas of gender, political financing, electoral organisation and technology.