Private Sector Council Calls for Election Observers

The St. Lucia Private Sector Council has written to the Honorable Kenny D Anthony, Prime Minister of Saint Lucia, 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 failure to have observers ‘sends out the wrong signal to the citizenship and world’.

The Private Sector Council in its letter noted, “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 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 Saint Lucia Chamber of Commerce Industry and Agriculture is the current Chairman of the Council.

In recent times most Caribbean countries have invited observers during elections including Jamaica’s recent poll where an OAS Observer group was present. Pictured: Chief of Mission, Electoral Observation Mission OAS Janet G. Bostwick (centre), flanked by Director of the Department of Electoral Cooperation and Observation, OAS, Gerardo de Icaza (left) and Deputy Chief of Mission, Melene Glynn during a press conference following the Jamaica elections.

In recent times most Caribbean countries have invited observers during elections including Jamaica’s recent poll where an OAS Observer group was present. Pictured: Chief of Mission, Electoral Observation Mission OAS Janet G. Bostwick (centre), flanked by Director of the Department of Electoral Cooperation and Observation, OAS, Gerardo de Icaza (left) and Deputy Chief of Mission, Melene Glynn during a press conference following the Jamaica elections.

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