CHASTANET CALLS FOR WORD ON IN­TER­NA­TIONAL OB­SERVERS

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

The United Work­ers Party is con­cerned at the si­lence of the Gov­ern­ment of Saint Lu­cia on the is­sue of of­fi­cial ob­servers be­ing in­vited to over­see the elec­tion process in the lead-up to the June 6th gen­eral elec­tions.

UWP Po­lit­i­cal Leader Allen Chas­tenet says the news black­out on ob­servers is es­pe­cially wor­ri­some in light of the chal­lenges Prime Min­is­ter Dr. Kenny An­thony is hav­ing set­tling the date for Nom­i­na­tion of Can­di­dates.

“Es­pe­cially now when you have con­fu­sion rain­ing over the date and time for Nom­i­na­tions Day and pub­li­ca­tion of the of­fi­cial vot­ers list, con­sis­tent with re­quire­ments of the law, we are alarmed that the rul­ing Saint Lu­cia Labour Party ap­pears not to want to en­ter­tain the op­tion of of­fi­cial ob­servers be­ing here for this cru­cial con­test,” Chastanet said.

The UWP leader says the coun­try needs de­fin­i­tive word from the prime min­is­ter as to whether Cari­com, the Com­mon­wealth, OAS or Carter Cen­ter will be in­vited to ob­serve the elec­tion process and how soon their rep­re­sen­ta­tives will be in Saint Lu­cia.

“In light of the haste with which the elec­tion was called and the pres­sure this ap­pears to be plac­ing on the op­er­a­tions of the Elec­toral Com­mis­sion, the United Worker’ Party is ask­ing the gov­ern­ment to state un­equiv­o­cally whether it will be invit­ing in­ter­na­tional ob­servers and, specif­i­cally, when will they ar­rive,” Chastanet said.

He cau­tioned that Saint Lu­cians need to be vig­i­lant in en­sur­ing that noth­ing is done to un­der­mine the wish and will of the elec­torate as the June 6th date of gen­eral elec­tions draws near.

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