Chastanet wants word on election observers

CASTRIES, Saint Lucia –Wednesday, May 25, 2016 – The United Workers Party is concerned at the silence of the Government of St. Lucia on the issue of official observers being invited to oversee the election process, in the lead up to the June 6th general elections.

UWP Political Leader, Allen Chastenet says the news blackout on observers is especially worrisome in light of the challenges Prime Minister Dr. Kenny Anthony is having settling the date for Nomination of Candidates.

“Especially now when you have confusion reigning over the date and time for Nominations Day and publication of the official voters list, consistent with requirements of the law, we are alarmed that the ruling St. Lucia Labour Party appears not to want to entertain the option of official observers being here for this crucial contest,” Chastanet said.

The UWP Leader says the country needs definitive word from the Prime Minister as to whether Caricom, the Commonwealth, OAS or Carter Centre will be invited to observe the election process and how soon will their representatives be in St. Lucia.

“In light of the haste with which the election was called and the pressure this appears to be placing on the operations of the Electoral Commission, the United Workers’ Party is asking the Government to state unequivocally whether it will be inviting international observers, and, specifically, when will they arrive,” Chastanet said.

He cautioned that St. Lucians need to be vigilant in ensuring that nothing is done to undermine the wish and will of the electorate, as the June 6th date of general elections draws ne