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Kamla questions delay as OAS/Commonwealth Observers call for calm

Prime Minister of Trinidad, Kamla Persad-Bissessar, has issued a statement in which she questioned the reasoning behind the delay in issuing the result of Monday’s election.

The statement which was published in the Trinidad Express Newspapers states that Prime Minister Persaud and the Government of Trinidad and Tobago are ‘concerned’ that a day after the closure of the polls, those with responsibility for the elections have yet to declare the results of the polls. 

“We respect the independence of all lawful institutions in St. Kitts and Nevis, but at the same time, we feel that the failure of the supervisor of elections to declare the results in a timely manner might create the impression that there is interference in the democratic process, which we in the Caribbean Community cherish,” the statement said.

It continued, “I am also concerned that the region’s reputation for democracy and for free and fair elections will be under threat as long as this issue in St Kitts and Nevis remains unresolved,” the prime minister stated.

Earlier in the day, the prime minister of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Ralph Gonsalves, held a Government press conference in which he, too, called on the supervisor of elections to make public the results of the general elections.

Meantime, observers from the Organization of American States (OAS) and the Commonwealth missions have emphasized the civic engagement of the citizens of the Federation who have expressed their democratic convictions by participating actively in the general elections.

Further, the missions have called on the party leaders and residents to remain calm and to be patient, as they await the results, which will be confirmed by the supervisor of elections.

Both missions have been following the electoral process, including the opening of polling stations and the counting process, and they will continue to observe the process, the bodies said in a joint statement.

The OAS will present its observations and recommendations on issues related to the electoral process once the results have been proclaimed.

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