Petty in Joint Observer Mission to monitor BVI elections

British Virgin Islands Governor, Boyd McCleary CMG said the Joint Observer Mission has been organised by the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) British Islands & Mediterranean Region (BIMR). 

The Joint Observer Mission will be led by Ambassador Rudolph Collins, former Chairman of the Elections Commissions in Guyana and will include Eugene Petty, former Supervisor of Elections, St. Kitts and Nevis; Mignon Bowen from the CARICOM Secretariat, Guyana; Connor Burns, Member of Parliament (MP) and Thomas Docherty MP from Westminster, UK; Alex Downie OBE, Member of the Legislative Council (MLC), Isle of Man; and Leon Gallienne, Deputy from Guernsey. 

In the statement, the Governor said that elections are an important part of the democratic process. 

The United Kingdom invited observers to the general election in 2010. So too did the Turks and Caicos Islands in 2007. 

The election observers will be in the Territory for just under a week. Some will be visiting polling stations on Advance Polling Day on Friday, November 4. All observers will be visiting polling stations on Polling Day, Monday, November 7. 

They will be submitting an initial and first impressions report to the Governor before the Mission departs BVI with a fuller report produced within one month.

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