The St. Lucia Private Sector Council has written to Prime Minister Doctor Kenny Anthony, calling on him to follow the long established tradition of inviting independent International Observers to observe the June 6th General Elections.
The Council believes that this “sends out the wrong signal to the citizenship and world.”
The Private Sector Council in its letter noted that “some are predicting a close poll and we would not wish anyone to question the results of the Elections and not have a recognized and independent party such as the OAS and CARICOM Election Observers to verify the conduct of the polls.
“We therefore take this opportunity to urge that you move with dispatch to invite the traditional International Observers of Elections to observe the General Elections in St. Lucia,” the Council said in a statement.
The St. Lucia Private Sector Council comprises the key Private Sector Organizations on the island and seeks to bring these agencies together to work on matters of common and national interest.
Gordon Charles Immediate Past President of the St.Lucia Chamber of Commerce Industry and Agriculture is the current Chairman of the Council.
Just recently, Cabinet Secretary, Darrel Montrope, told the Times that observers from the EU, the US and the UK had requested and had been granted approval to observe the June 6, 2016 poll.
But since then the Times has been reliably informed that the EU did not request observer status, although an EU official will be here on election day.