Commonwealth team to observe Antigua and Barbuda’s 2023 general election

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Former President of Seychelles, Danny Faure, will lead a team of Commonwealth election observers to Antigua and Barbuda for the country’s general election, scheduled for 18 January 2023.

Commonwealth Secretary-General Patricia Scotland KC, announced the composition of the Commonwealth Observation Group today in response to an invitation from the Government of Antigua and Barbuda.

Election day will see voters asked to choose constituency representatives to the House of Representatives.

In a statement, the Secretary-General said: “I thank Danny Faure for accepting my invitation to lead this group and each of the Commonwealth observers for agreeing to undertake this important assignment.

“The group, which is independent and impartial, will assess the overall conduct of the election and, at the end, make recommendations which will contribute towards strengthening the electoral process in Antigua and Barbuda.”

The group’s mandate is to observe the preparations for the election, the polling, counting, tabulation procedures and the overall electoral environment as well as consider any factors that could impinge upon the credibility of the process as a whole.

Prior to deployment, the group will also have briefings with the country’s political party representatives, police officers and several stakeholders, including officials from the Electoral Commission, the media and social society groups representing women, youth and people with disabilities.

The group will submit its recommendations in a report to the Commonwealth Secretary-General, who will forward it to the Government of Antigua and Barbuda, the country’s Electoral Commission, the leadership of political parties taking part in the elections and all Commonwealth governments. The report will be made public shortly after this.

The group comprises five eminent persons from across the Commonwealth. They will be supported by a staff team from the Secretariat led by Prof Luis Franceschi, Assistant Secretary-General of the Commonwealth. The group is expected to arrive in Saint John’s on 14 January 2023.

The Commonwealth Observer Group members are:

  • Danny Faure, Former President, Seychelles
  • Gideon Moi, Politician and former Senator, Kenya
  • Clare Keizer, Journalist and Editor-in-Chief at Searchlight, St. Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Baroness Denise Kingsmill CBE, Member of the House of Lords, United Kingdom
  • Patrick Kryticous Nshindano, Public Policy and Election Expert and former Chief Election Officer, Zambia

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4 COMMENTS

  1. The more independent observers the better. I don’t trust Gaston Browne one iota, he’s desperate, he’s delusional and want to tump-up his opponents.

    Please bring some more independent onlookers, eyewitnesses and bystanders (or even rubberneckers to look out for illegal voters) from around the world as well.

    The only person I would query is the UK’s Baroness Denise Kingsmill CBE (phew! What a mouthful) from the House of Lords; because the House of Lords is a SECONDARY chamber full of unelected representatives.

    However, the more the merrier so that Gaston cannot try to rig the General Election … Antiguans no longer trus’ he!

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