ABEC Receives Fair Response for Referendum Monitors

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Wednesday 24th October, 2018-Following a slow response to its appeal for referendum monitors, the Antigua and Barbuda Electoral Commission (ABEC) says it has received nominations for people to serve in the roles.

Deadline for submissions ended on Monday and Supervisor of Elections, Lorna Simon says a figure will be made available, but not immediately, since they are reviewing the names put forward mainly by constituencies and at least one civil society organization.

According to the Constitutional Referendum Regulations Statutory Instrument, Clause 5:

  • A community organization shall, not later than 14 days prior to the Referendum, submit in writing to the Supervisor of Elections-

(a) The name of three referendum monitors for each polling station in the Constituency for appointment as referendum monitors.

(b) The name of one referendum monitor for the appointment as the Chief Referendum Monitor to oversee the operation of the conduct of the referendum in the constituency.

  • Where no names of Referendum monitors have been submitted by a community organization of a constituency at the end of the date for submission of names, the Supervisor shall consult with the Christian Council and the Labour Unions to assist in the selection of monitors for the Referendum

Ms. Simon predicts there won’t be enough monitors to post at all 171 polling stations next month, but that is not expected to affect the referendum process in anyway, neither will it be a breach of any law she noted.

Antiguans and Barbudans will vote in the country’s first referendum on 6th November on whether to accede to the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) as the country’s final court of appeal, or to remain with the London based Privy Council.