The Caribbean Community will mount a CARICOM Election Observation Mission to monitor the general elections which will be held in the Commonwealth of Dominica on Friday, Dec. 6.
The mission will be headed by Josephine Tamai, Chief Elections Officer, Department of Elections and Boundaries of Belize.
Tamai has served as Chief of Mission as well as Deputy Chief of Missions CARICOM Election Observer Missions. She most recently served as a member of the CARICOM Joint Electoral Reform Mission to the Commonwealth of Dominica in August 2019.
The other members of the Mission include experts in Electoral Management and Administration from Antigua and Barbuda, The Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Jamaica, Saint Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines and Suriname.
The Mission will be supported by Jhonson Alexandre and Helen Marshall of the Foreign and Community Relations Directorate of the CARICOM Secretariat.
Members of the Mission and the CARICOM Secretariat Support Staff began arriving in Dominica on Dec. 2 and will depart by Dec. 9.
The CARICOM Election Observation Mission will meet with the electoral officials, leaders of political parties and other stakeholders of the Commonwealth of Dominica. On the day of the elections, the Mission will monitor the electoral process including the opening of the Poll, the voting process, the closing of the Poll and the counting of the ballots.
The Election Observation Mission will issue a Preliminary Statement based on its observations and findings. A Report of the General Elections will be subsequently prepared and submitted to the Secretary-General of the Caribbean Community.
For CARICOM, election observation serves as a platform to support existing democratic traditions within the Caribbean Community as part of its wider policy of supporting democracy.