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Saint Vincent and the Grenadines - General Elections on December 9, 2015

Preliminary Statement by the OAS Electoral Observation Mission General Elections of St. Vincent and the Grenadines - Kingstown, St. Vincent, Dec. 10, 2015

The Electoral Observation Mission of the Organization of American States (EOM/OAS) deployed to the December 9, 2015 general elections in St. Vincent and the Grenadines congratulates the people of the country on the high degree of civic spirit exhibited in a peaceful and successful election day.

The OAS Observer Mission fielded 13 observers from 10 countries, and was headed by Ambassador Jacinth Henry-Martin. The team observed electoral processes in 14 of the 15 constituencies, visiting 173 of the 232 or 74% of the polling sites in the country. Observers witnessed the on time opening of all monitored polling stations, and noted the availability of requisite materials and the presence of polling officials. In the morning, there were long lines of voters who patiently waited to exercise their franchise.

The presiding officers, poll clerks, party agents and police worked harmoniously throughout the long day, helping citizens to find their polling stations and ensuring an organized and peaceful environment. Officials conducted the preliminary count, which was concluded in large measure within two hours of the closure of the polls. The EOM/OAS notes the significant preparations made by electoral authorities in St. Vincent and the Grenadines ahead of the election to develop procedures and systems that benefited the electoral process.

This preliminary statement is based on direct observations of the OAS team and meetings held with electoral authorities, government officials, political parties, media, civil society organizations and religious bodies, among other stakeholders and interlocutors.