CASTRIES St. Lucia July 27, 2021 - The CARICOM Election Observation Mission to Monday’s General Elections in Saint Lucia’s says the poll results reflected the will of the people and was conducted without intimidation or fear.
The ten-member Mission issued its Preliminary Statement on the elections today, following its election-day monitoring and engagements in the run-up to the poll.
The Mission praised the overall conduct of the elections, noting that, among other things, polls were opened in a timely manner; stations were fully staffed and were conveniently located; and police security was adequate.
The opposition Saint Lucia Labour Party secured a comprehensive victory with 13 of the 17 contested seats. The incumbent United Workers Party retained two seats and the other two went to Independent candidates.
The ten (10) member Observation Mission, led by Chief Election Officer of the Trinidad and Tobago Elections and Boundaries Commission, Ms. Fern Narcis-Scope, comprised nationals of Antigua and Barbuda, Guyana, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname and Trinidad and Tobago.
The preliminary report of the Observer mission said: “On polling day, the ten-member CEOM visited a majority of the polling stations across the 17 constituencies.
“The CEOM monitored the polling activities, which included the opening of the poll, the voting process, the closing of the poll and the preliminary count of ballots. Additionally, the Chief of Mission visited Saint Lucia’s Parliament, where Election Commission officials were receiving the election results electronically.
“From observations, the polls were opened in a timely manner in the majority of the polling districts. All the stations observed were fully staffed and most had at least four Polling Agents present, representing the two major political parties that contested the general election. Most polling stations were conveniently located and easily accessible to the voters, though some instances of accessibility challenges for the disabled, elderly and infirmed were noted. The Mission observed that there was an adequate supply of the required voting material which arrived promptly to facilitate the opening of the polls.
“Adequate police security was in place at all locations visited, with officials conducting their duties in a professional and efficient manner. This contributed to the level of calm which accompanied the day’s activities. However, a higher level of police participation could have been engaged in maintaining social distancing amongst electors in the queues. The poll workers were focused as they steadily carried out the required procedures, thereby ensuring that all eligible electors who turned out to vote were able to do so. Their efforts to adhere to the Covid-19 protocols and sanitise the polling stations after each elector voted is also commendable.
According to reports, outgoing Saint Lucia Prime Minister, Allen Chastanet, called Prime Minister-elect, Philip J. Pierre, to congratulate him and said he wished the Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP) leader the best.
Chastanet thanked all the supporters of the United Workers Party (UWP) who stood with him and his administration in the election and over the last five years.
“I know the results came as a shock to many of you, still I call on you pridefully to continue to hold the torch up high. We will take time to heal, regroup and keep the Flambeau flame burning,” he urged.