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Jan 31, 2008

Commonwealth election observers arrive on Friday

A team of election observers is due to arrive in the country on Friday. According to a Commonwealth press release, the three person Expert Team, headed by former Jamaican Foreign Minister K.D. Knight, will observe the election preparations, voting, counting and delivery of the results, as well as the overall electoral environment. The other members are Dr. Nemata Eshun-Baiden, founder of the Fifty-Fifty Group, a civil society organisation in Sierra Leone, and Robert Patterson, former Chief Electoral Officer of Canada’s British Columbia Province. They will be aided by a three person secretariat. The observers will submit a report to Commonwealth Secretary General Don McKinnon prior to their departure from Belize on February twelfth. The observers were invited by the Belize government.

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