CARICOM Observer Team Declares SV&G Elections Free & Fair

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The CARICOM Election Observation Mission (CEOM) for the 5 November 2020 General Elections in Saint  Vincent and the Grenadines has concluded that the Elections were free and fair.

The Mission is also of the opinion that the poll was free from fear and that the outcome reflected the will of the people.

Prime Minister Dr Ralph Gonsalves’ Unity Labour Party won nine of the 15 seats contested in the Elections, with the other six going to the opposition New Democratic Party led by Lawyer Dr Godwin Friday.

The CARICOM Observation Mission, led by Mr. Anthonyson King of Antigua and Barbuda, issued a Preliminary Statement on the elections on Saturday.

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“The Mission’s assessment of the Election Day was that there were no incidents of intimidation of voters inside or outside of the voting precincts,” the statement noted.

It said  the agents of the parties also testified that there were no irregularities and that the process was generally peaceful and orderly.

“At the polling stations, the voters’ identification card was collected by the Presiding Officer who called out the name and number of the said voter for the benefit of the agents of the parties,” the statement observed.

It also stated that at every polling station the voters were told about the way to vote and how to return the ballot which was inserted in the ballot box by the Presiding Officer.

The Observer Mission said that adequate health measures were in place to protect voters against the COVID-19 pandemic at the polling stations visited.

It disclosed that on the day of the election, each voter received a mask, while measures were also put in place for more than two hundred voters in quarantine to exercise their franchise.

“All members of the CEOM agree that the process was conducted according to law and was done without any intimidation or fear.   They also reported that there was adequate security at each location and that the officers displayed a very professional approach to their duties,” the Mission asserted.

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