ST. GEORGE’S, Grenada, Jan 18, CMC – The Organization of American States (OAS) has accepted an invitation to send an observer team to monitor the February 19 general election, Prime Minister Tillman Thomas has said.
Thomas, who is seeking a new-five year term, had written to the OAS Secretary General Jose Miguel Insulza requesting technical assistance to “evaluate and verify the integrity of the new voter registration system and to observe and monitor the next general elections in Grenada when it is called”.
A Government statement said that the OAS has confirmed its decision to deploy an “electoral technical assessment mission to Grenada on or about January 21, 2013” for a two week period to verify the integrity of the new voter system”.
The OAs said it was also pleased with the decision by the government to implement the recommendations made by the OAS Electoral Observation Mission (EOM) for a new voter registration system.
“I am very pleased that the Government of Grenada decided to act upon the recommendations made by the previous OAS Electoral Observation Mission (EOM) to implement a new registration system, considering that voter registries are a fundamental component of a democratic electoral process,” the Secretary General said.
Insulza said the necessary resources are “already available” for the OAS to carry out its technical cooperation activity and that the OAS accepts the invitation to monitor the elections “with great honour”.
Meanwhile, the Electoral Office here has revised the date for the nomination of candidates and blamed the situation on a “tabulation error”.
Nomination Day was schedule for February 1, but it has now been set for January 31 and Supervisor of Elections, Judy Benoit, said on Friday that the “error was identified by the Office of the Attorney General.
“We must make the correction so that people will not be confused as to which is the correct day,” she said.
Voter registration closed on Wednesday.
As campaigning continues for the election, two people are distancing themselves from the little known People’s United Labour Party (PULP).
PULP leader and veteran politician Winston Frederick had named Dr. Trevor Friday and Dr. Crofton Stroude as PULP candidates to contest the polls, but the two men appeared on television to deny that their involvement with the party.