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Bahamas election officials prepared for May 10 poll, CARICOM mission told
Published on May 9, 2017 Email To Friend    Print Version

NASSAU, Bahamas -- The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) electoral observation mission for Wednesday’s general elections in The Bahamas has been assured that the Commission responsibly for the conduct of the poll is prepared, despite some concerns about the conduct of the advanced voting process.

The mission, in an arrival statement, said acting parliamentary commissioner Charles Albury gave the assurance that despite the advanced voting concern and the fact that he only took up his acting position five days prior to the scheduled date of the elections, he and his team of competent staff would ensure a smooth electoral process.

Chief of Mission, Josephine Tamai of Belize
The CARICOM 11-member mission, which began arriving in The Bahamas on 4 May, is headed by the chief of mission Josephine Tamai, the chief elections officer of Belize, with Orette Fisher, director of the Elections Commission of Jamaica as deputy chief of mission. The other members, who all have election management and observation experience, are nationals of Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Grenada, Guyana, Saint Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines and Trinidad and Tobago. They are supported by two staff members of the CARICOM Secretariat.

In addition to the acting parliamentary commissioner, the mission has met the National Youth Council, the commissioner of police, the Democratic National Alliance (DNA) and the Bahamas Constitution Party (BCP). It plans to also meet with other political parties and stakeholders including the media and civil society groups in an effort to obtain an overview of the general atmosphere and level of preparedness for the elections.

The mission will observe election day activities including the opening of the polls through to the tabulation and announcement of the results. Following the elections, it will issue a preliminary statement outlining its initial assessment of the process, followed by a final report which will be submitted to CARICOM Secretary-General Irwin LaRocque.
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