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Commonwealth Secretariat observer team receives approval from THA

NEWS GRAPHIC 15A three member Commonwealth Secretariat observer team that is visiting this country has received the approval of the Tobago House of Assembly (THA) Chief Administrator Raye Sand.
According to reports the three member team met with THA officials as part of its pre-electoral assessment of Trinidad and Tobago.

Various Institutions that will be affected by the September 7 General Elections were also visited by the team.

When the visits are completed the team will report to the Commonwealth’s Secretary General, who will then decide if an observer team should come to the country for the September 7 General Elections.

After the meeting, the Chief Administrator said because of the importance of the elections, having an observer is beneficial to Trinidad and Tobago.

Explaining the process that would usually precede a visit, Martin Kasirye, Advisor and Head of Electoral Support Political Division of the Commonwealth Secretariat, explained that the Secretary General would send a team to determine whether the ground was favorable for the deployment of a commonwealth observer group and whether commonwealth observers would be welcome.

The team, which visited T&T on the request of Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar, was able to get a better understanding of the country’s electoral process and to assess the need to send a technical team here from the Commonwealth Observer Group for the General Elections.