• Today
    December 18

  • 12:08 PM

Government wants regional and international observers to monitor Antigua poll

CMC,

Added 02 March 2018

gaston-browne

Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda Gaston Browne. (FILE)

ST JOHN’S – The Antigua and Barbuda government says it has written to the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretary General Irwin la Rocque as well as the Commonwealth and the Organisation of American States (OAS) to send observers to monitor the March 21 general election.

Prime Minister Gaston Browne, who called the polls more than a year before the constitutional deadline, said that letters of invitation have been dispatched to these organisations.

“I have invited the three organisations to observe the general elections in the interest of full transparency and to show to the world that the Antigua and Barbuda Labour Party (ABLP) is fully committed to upholding democracy, the rule of law and fundamental freedoms.”

Browne said that the observer missions will be fully facilitated in their work by the Government of Antigua and Barbuda”.

The writ for the general election was issued on Tuesday, one day after Governor General Rodney Williams dissolved the Parliament on the advice of the prime minister.

Nomination day is March 5.

Apart from the ruling, the other parties expected to nominate candidate for the 17 seats Parliament are the main opposition United Progressive Party (UPP), The Antigua and Barbuda True Labour Party (ANTLP), the Antigua Barbuda People’s Movement (ABPM), Missing Link VOP and the Barbuda People’s Movement (BPM).

In the last general election in 2014, the ABLP won 14 seats with the remaining three going to the UPP. (CMC)

JOIN THE DISCUSSION

Dos and Donts


Welcome to our discussion forum here on nationnews.com. We encourage lively debate, but we also urge you to take note of the following:

  • Stay on topic – This helps keep the thread focused on the discussion at hand. If you would like to discuss another topic, look for a relevant article.
  • Be respectful – Meeting differences of opinion with civil discussion encourages multiple perspectives and a positive commenting environment.
  • Do not type in capitals – In addition to being considered “shouting” it is also difficult to read.
  • All comments will be moderated – Given the volume of comments each day, this may take some time. So please be patient.
  • We reserve the right to remove comments – Comments that we find to be abusive, spam, libellous, hateful, off-topic or harassing may be removed.
  • Reproduction of comments – Some of your comments may be reproduced on the website or in our daily newspapers. We will use the handle, not your email address.
  • Do not advertise – Please contact our Advertising Department.
  • Contact our Online Editor if you have questions or concerns.
  • Read our full Commenting Policy and Terms of Use.
comments powered by Disqus

POLL

The public service vehicle community is upset over new uniforms provided by the Transport Authority. Do you think the new uniforms are a good idea?

Yes
No

FRONT COVER OF TODAY'S NEWSPAPER

CARTOON

INSTAGRAM