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Suriname - Parliamentary Elections on May 25, 2015

OAS Congratulates the People of Suriname for their Exemplary Civic Spirit in the 2015 General Elections
May 26, 2015

The Electoral Observation Mission of the Organization of American States (OAS/EOM) congratulates the citizens of Suriname for their exemplary civic spirit and active participation in the electoral process, reflected in the voter turnout in yesterday´s general elections.

The 24-member team comprised of 13 nationalities, headed by Chilean international expert Irene Klinger, observed the elections in 61% of polling stations in all 10 districts of the country and was pleased to witness that the process was carried out in an orderly, peaceful and even festive manner. The OAS/EOM thanks the Government of Suriname for the invitation to observe this process and recognizes the efforts undertaken by the Ministry of Home Affairs, the Central Polling Authority and the Independent Electoral Council to prepare and conduct the 2015 general elections.

The OAS team reported that the polling stations observed opened on time, were adequately staffed and fully equipped with all the materials required for the election. The Mission highlights the extraordinary commitment and diligence of polling station members, oversight personnel and security agents in the exercise of their duties and commends political parties for the camaraderie shown throughout the day at polling stations.

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