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OAS Deploys Electoral Observation Mission in Antigua and Barbuda

  June 9, 2014

The Organization of American States Electoral Observation Mission (OAS/EOM) arrived in Saint John´s, Antigua and Barbuda, ahead of the June 12th General Elections. The delegation, led by Chief of Mission Rosina Wiltshire, who brings Caribbean and global experience to the team, is composed of 16 observers from Argentina, Barbados, Canada, Chile, Colombia, France, Haiti, Mexico, Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, and the United States.
The overall objective of the Mission is to observe that the electoral process is carried out with impartiality, transparency and reliability. The delegation will meet with representatives of political parties and government officials, as well as with members of the media and social organizations. On Election Day, observers will be present in polling stations across all 17 constituencies in Antigua and Barbuda from the opening of the polls to the counting of votes and the publication of results.
The Mission will implement two methodologies to observe campaign financing and gender equality. In the case of political financing, the Mission will focus on transparency and fairness. In the case of gender equality, it will analyze the access of men and women to elected office and their participation in the process. In addition, the OAS/EOM will analyze the legal framework for the resolution of electoral disputes.
The first members of the Mission arrived in the country on Thursday June 5th. Since then, they have held meetings with different political actors.  This is the second time the OAS has observed an election in Antigua and Barbuda. The first Mission was deployed in 2009.
The day after the election, the OAS/EOM will present its preliminary findings in a press conference and will subsequently present a report to the Permanent Council of the Organization in Washington, DC.

For more information, please visit the OAS Website at

Reference: E-244/14