CARICOM team observes Venezuela elections

Sunday, May 20, 2018

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CARACAS, Venezuela (CMC) — A six-member Caribbean Election Observer Team is in Venezuela, observing its elections on Sunday.

“To date the preparatory process for the elections are going well,” said Antigua and Barbuda Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, International Trade and Immigration, Ambassador Anthony Liverpool, who is part of the CARICOM team.

“The Venezuela National Election Council (CNE) has confirmed that it is ready to conduct a professional and fair elections,” he added.

Liverpool said there are about 300 observers representing 86 countries monitoring the elections, according to an Antigua and Barbuda Government statement.

“The Electronic voting system viewed by all observers on Friday, 18th May and the procedures and rules governing the elections are very transparent and highly secured,” Liverpool said.

The members of the Caribbean Election Observer Team are Ambassador Ellsworth John of St Vincent and the Grenadines, who heads the Mission; Ambassador Felix Gregoire, Ambassador of Dominica to CARICOM; Senator Chester Humphrey, President of the Senate of Grenada; Edmund Leilis, Suriname State Advisor; and Renuka Raghoe, Member of the Independent Election Council of Suriname.

There are four candidates participating in the presidential elections, representing over 14 political parties, the statement said.

It said the CNE has indicated that there are about 20 million registered voters.

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