CARICOM Electoral Observation Mission to Suriname pays courtesy visit to the Minister of Foreign Affairs

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Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Paramaribo – The CARICOM Electoral Observation Mission to Suriname paid a courtesy visit to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Yldiz Pollack-Beighle on Wednesday 20 May 2020.

Suriname’s Foreign Affairs, Ms. Yldiz Pollack-Beighle.

During the visit, the minister welcomed the delegation to the Republic of Suriname and emphasized the importance of the CARICOM’s delegation to the conduct of free and fair  Elections on 25 May 2020, even more so in the context of the global challenges associated with the COVID-19 pandemic.

The minister expressed her appreciation to each delegation member for their commitment to travel to Suriname and to carry out the international electoral observation mission, in the interest of regional solidarity and cooperation.

Suriname is the first country in the region to organize an election under the current COVID -19 conditions and will therefore serve as a model for the region.

Head of Mission Ms Dora James

The four-member Observation Mission is being led by Ms Dora James, the Supervisor of  Elections of St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

It is expected that, in addition to discussions with the Independent Electoral Bureau and other national election authorities, the Mission will meet with, among others, traditional authorities, representatives of political parties, the media and civil society groups.

The President of the Republic of Suriname H.E. Desiré Delano Bouterse will also receive the delegation at their request later this week.

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