ST. JOHN’S, Antigua – The Organization of American States (OAS) welcomes the announcement of March 12, 2009 for the General Elections in Antigua and Barbuda.
“The OAS will now initiate the technical, logistic, and administrative preparations for its electoral observation mission, including the signing of agreements with the Electoral Commission and the Government of Antigua and Barbuda,” noted Assistant Secretary General, Ambassador Albert R. Ramdin.
The OAS remains concerned about the violence and damage to property which took place last week. Ambassador Ramdin reiterated his call to denounce these undemocratic acts and called for a peaceful environment leading up to Election Day.
“I am confident the electoral office will spare no effort for free, fair and credible elections that respect the privacy of the vote. All stakeholders should work diligently to foster a propitious climate for nomination and Election Day,” Ramdin expressed.
Deputy Chief of Mission, Mr. Steven Griner, will soon arrive in the country to begin preparations for the mission, which will aim to observe the elections in all 17 constituencies and 151 polling stations.