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CARIBBEAN | CARICOM says election results in Curacao reflected will of the population

Head of CARICOM’s Electoral observer mission, Dr. Steve Surujbally Head of CARICOM’s Electoral observer mission, Dr. Steve Surujbally
GEORGETOWN, Guyana, May 2, CMC – The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) team that observed last week’s general elections in Curacao said Tuesday that the results reflected the will of the people and reinforced their commitment to the democratic process.

The Partido Alternativa Real (PAR) led by its new political leader, Eugene Rhuggenaath was declared the biggest winner receiving 18,362 of a total of 78,815 votes cast in the election that was observed by a four-member CARICOM team.

The PAR was one of 11 parties that contested the poll, two less than the October 5th 2016 poll when three parties won four of the 21 seats in Parliament. The results showed that the hat PAR won 6 seats, with the PARTIDO (MAN) party and the MFK, the former coalition partner in the last government, winning five seats each,.

The Korsou di Nos Tur (KdNT) won two seats, and the PIN, PS and Movementu Progresivo (MP) winning one seat each.

In a statement Tuesday, the CARICOM Election Observation Team described the polls as being conducted in a “peaceful and orderly” manner, and “that the results reflected the will of the people and reinforced their commitment to the democratic process”.

The team was headed by .the former chairman of the Guyana Elections Commission, Dr. Steve Surujbally who in his statement “applauded the polling day security, the resolute and steady poll workers, the convenient location of polling stations and the adequate provision of material and supplies, although it identified some deficiencies in the signage advising voters about their polling stations in a polling station complex”.

The final report will be submitted to CARICOM Secretary-General Irwin LaRocque.

“That report will include the findings of the Team and its recommendations and suggestions for continued strengthening of the electoral process in Curacao,” the CARICOM Secretariat noted.

Last Friday’s elections followed the collapse of the Hensley Koeiman government on October 5, 2016 after seven weeks. The cabinet fell on February 12, 2017.

  • Countries: CARICOM