The Mission is being headed by Ms. Josephine Tamai, Chief Elections Officer, Department of Elections and Boundaries of Belize. Ms. 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:
Mr. Anthonyson King - Antigua and Barbuda
Mr. Philip Turner - The Bahamas
Ms. Pauline Morgan - Barbados
Mr. Rohan Porter - Jamaica
Mr. Andrew Smith - Jamaica
Ms. Zita George-Leslie - Saint Lucia
Ms. Dora James - St. Vincent and the Grenadines
Ms. Stephanie Bram - Suriname.
The Mission will be supported by Mr. Jhonson Alexandre and Ms. Helen Marshall of the Foreign and Community Relations Directorate of the CARICOM Secretariat.
Since arrival, meetings were held with Honourable Roosevelt Skerrit, Prime Minister of Dominica and Members of the Cabinet, the Speaker of the House of Assembly, the Commissioner of Police, and the Registrar General.
Meetings are ongoing and over the next few days, the Mission will meet with the Leader of the Parliamentary Opposition (UWP), the Electoral Commission, the Leader of the Dominica Freedom Party (DFP), the Chief Immigration Officer, the Attorney-General, and other stakeholders including representatives of the Concerned Citizens Movement, the Electoral Reform Effort Group and a wide cross-section of Civil Society Organizations. These meetings are being held in an effort to provide the CEOM with an idea of the atmosphere and level of preparedness for the election.
Following the conclusion of the Election Day activities on 6 December 2019, a Preliminary Statement will be issued outlining the Mission’s initial assessment of the electoral process. The Mission will thereafter prepare a detailed Independent Final Report on the election for submission to His Excellency Ambassador Irwin LaRocque, Secretary-General of the Caribbean Community.
The CEOM is extremely grateful for the warm welcome given to the team by the people of the Commonwealth of Dominica and looks forward to supporting the democratic process in the Commonwealth of Dominica and the CARICOM Region.
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