Posted: Tuesday, July 27, 2021. 3:03 pm CST.
By Aaron Humes: Voters in Saint Lucia have returned the Labour Party of Philip Pierre to government, as they won 13 of 17 seats in the House of Assembly in elections held on Monday. They succeed Allen Chastanet’s United Workers’ Party (UWP), which won two seats, with two others going to independent representatives, one of whom is former prime minister Stephenson King.
The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) was invited to send a CARICOM Election Observation Mission (CEOM) to observe the conduct of the General Elections. Their preliminary report suggests that “the voters were able to cast their ballots without intimidation or fear, and that the results of the 26 July 2021 General Elections reflect the will of the people of Saint Lucia.”
A 10-member grouping with representation from Antigua and Barbuda, Guyana, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname and Trinidad and Tobago observed, led by Fern Narcis-Scope, Chief Election Officer of the Trinidad and Tobago Elections and Boundaries Commission.
They oversaw early voting last Friday and election day activities from opening of polls to electronic counting of results at Saint Lucia Parliament building in Castries.
The elections, says the mission team, ran fairly smoothly: polls opened on time, there was a full complement of staff and polling agents, stations were distributed for mostly easy access to voters and there was no issue with material used to vote.
Police on the island protected all locations and save for some social distancing issues due to COVID-19 voting went calmly.
A full report will be submitted at a later date to the Secretary-General of CARICOM.
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