A Caribbean Community (CARICOM) election observer mission is currently in Saint Lucia in response to an invitation from Prime Minister, Allen Chastanet.
The ten-member mission is headed by Fern Narcis-Scope, Chief Elections Officer of the Elections and Boundaries Commission of Trinidad and Tobago
According to an arrival statement from the mission head, Chastanet wrote CARICOM Secretary General, Irwin LaRocque in a letter dated 7 July 2021, inviting the organisation to send the team.
And since arriving in Saint Lucia, the visitors have held meetings with local officials including Prime Minister Chastanet, Claudius Francis, Representative of the Leader of the Opposition, Milton Desir, Commissioner of Police, representatives of the Electoral Commission of Saint Lucia, civil society representatives and independent candidates.
According to the arrival statement, the role of the observer mission 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.
The Core Group arrived in Saint Lucia on 20 July 2021 while the remaining Observers arrived over the period 21 to 22 July 2021.
In addition to observing the early voting by police officers, members of the Saint Lucia Fire Service and Correctional Officers which occurred on Friday, the team ‘will continue to observe the pre-election period and the Election Day activities, including the opening of the polls through to the tabulation and announcement of the results.’
Following the conclusion of the Election Day activities on 26 July 2021, 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 His Excellency Ambassador Irwin LaRocque, Secretary-General of the Caribbean Community.