CARICOM observer mission releases preliminary statement on Grenada elections





MARCH 13, 2018


At the invitation of the Government of Grenada the CARICOM Secretariat constituted an eleven-member team to observe Grenada’s Parliamentary Election held March 13, 2018.

The Mission was led by Ms. Pauline Welsh, Director of Legal Affairs, Research and Development at the Electoral Commission of Jamaica and comprised observers from The Bahamas, Barbados, Guyana, Jamaica, Saint Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname and Trinidad and Tobago.

The Secretary-General informed the group that its terms of reference would be:

 (i)      to observe the electoral process, including the preparations for the start of the poll, the casting of votes, the closure of polling stations, the counting of the ballots and the preparation of the Statement of Poll;

(ii)       collect information on the results at the voting tables to assist in the quantitative verification of the results;

(iii)     collect qualitative observations regarding the voting process, comportment of the electoral officials and political actors, and on the overall electoral environment. (more…)

Grenada Votes

Mr Nazim Burke
Dr Keith Mitchell
Grenadians are voting in General Elections today, Tuesday 13 March 2018.
The just over 78-thousand voters will choose between the incumbent New National Party (NNP) of Prime Minister Dr Keith Mitchell and the main opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) led by Economist Mr Nazim Burke.


Early voters formed long lines at most of the 264 polling stations across the country.  In the last elections in 2013 the NNP won all 15 seats at stake.
A CARICOM Election Observer Mission is monitoring today’s activities, including the tabulation and announcement of the results after voting ends at 5:00 pm.  The Mission, led by Ms. Pauline Welsh of the Electoral Office of Jamaica, will issue a Preliminary Statement  outlining its initial assessment of the process, followed by a full final report.

CARICOM to monitor Grenada’s elections

The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) has deployed an electoral observer mission to monitor General Elections in Grenada to be held on Tuesday 13 March 2018.

The CARICOM Electoral Observer Mission (CEOM) was organised by the CARICOM Secretariat through its Directorate of Foreign and Community Relations, following an invitation from the Prime Minister of Grenada, Dr. the  Hon. Keith Mitchell. The Mission was invited to provide an impartial assessment of the conduct of the elections.

The Chief of Mission is Ms. Paulin Welsh, Director, Legal Affairs, Research and Development, in the Electoral Office of Jamaica. Other members are nationals of The Bahamas, Barbados, Guyana, Jamaica, Saint Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname and Trinidad and Tobago. The Mission will be supported by two members of staff from the Secretariat. (more…)