ST. KITTS – The Electoral Observation Mission of the Organization of American States (EOM/OAS) to the general elections of February 16 in Saint Kitts and Nevis, led by Ambassador Frank Almaguer, has deployed in Basterre, today (Feb. 11), comprised of 11 experts and observers from Antigua and Barbuda, Canada, Colombia, Spain, the United States, Mexico, Saint Lucia, and Trinidad and Tobago.
The OAS/EOM will observe different aspects of the process, including electoral organization, campaign financing, constituency boundaries, and the equal participation of men and women. On Election Day, observers will visit polling stations across all 11 constituencies in the Caribbean nation from the opening of the polls to the counting of votes and the publication of results. The findings and recommendations on this electoral process will be presented in a report to the Permanent Council of the Organization in Washington, D.C. . The Mission will meet with electoral authorities, government officials, political party representatives and members of civil society organizations to discuss perspectives on the electoral process.
Ambassador Almaguer, designated Chief of Mission by OAS Secretary General José Miguel Insulza, served as United States Ambassador to Honduras and worked for international organizations such as the OAS and the Pan American Development Foundation (PADF). He was also Chief of Mission in EOMs of the OAS in Belize and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.
This will be the third election the OAS has observed in Saint Kitts and Nevis, after having deployed missions during the 2010 General Elections and the 2011 Nevis Island Assembly Elections. The OAS/EOM is possible thanks to the financial support of Argentina, Bolivia, France, the United Kingdom and the United States.