CARICOM to monitor Grenada’s elections

From the CARICOM Secretariat

Greater Georgetown, Guyana – The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) has deployed an electoral observer mission to monitor general elections in Grenada March 13.

The CARICOM Electoral Observer Mission (CEOM) was organised by the CARICOM Secretariat through its Directorate of Foreign and Community Relations following an invitation from Prime Minister of Grenada Dr. Honourable Keith Mitchell. The mission was invited to provide an impartial assessment of the conduct of the elections.

The chief of mission is Paulin Welsh, director, Legal Affairs, Research and Development, in the electoral office of Jamaica. Other members are nationals of The Bahamas, Barbados, Guyana, Jamaica, Saint Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname and Trinidad and Tobago. The mission will be supported by two members of staff from the secretariat.

Observation of the electoral process and electoral procedures in the various member states of the community is a regular practice in keeping with the importance the Caribbean community places on good governance. Missions are mounted only by invitation from the receiving member state and CEOM observers are nominated by the governments of CARICOM member states.

The chief of mission and the CARICOM Secretariat support staff began arriving in Grenada March 7, while the remaining members of the mission will arrive March 9.  The group will depart March 15.