Antiguan Diplomat Wants Attention Placed on External Interference In General Elections

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Ambassador Sir Ronald Sanders

Friday 20th April, 2018 –In a post-election report to the Permanent Council of the Organization of American states, Antigua and Barbuda’s Diplomat to the international body, Sir Ronald Sanders has called for closer attention to be paid to external interference in general elections.

In his report today, the Antiguan and Barbudan Diplomat said there was at least one attempt of interference from outside the country, a situation he describes as a troubling development.

Sir Ronald Sanders told the Permanent Council his suggestion is out of concern for the protection of democracy and for the preservation of election processes.

He noted that despite an attempt to obstruct the process, the 2018 general election took place in an atmosphere of civility and in a state of calm.

Three organizations, namely the OAS, the Commonwealth and CARICOM fielded observer missions to oversee and report on the elections before and during the process.

Sir Ron, while welcoming the findings and recommendations of the regional and international organizations suggested they work collaboratively, instead of individually to reduce cost.

Antigua and Barbuda has come in for high praise from countries represented on the Permanent Council of the OAS for the manner in which the 2018 general election was executed.