(CARICOM Secretariat, Turkeyen, Greater Georgetown,
Guyana) The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) was invited by
the Government of Jamaica to establish a Mission to
observe the General Elections to be held on December
In response to that invitation, a seven (7)
member Observer Group under the leadership of Mr.
Winston Estwick of Barbados, was selected. Mr.
Estwick and three (3) members arrived in Jamaica on
Monday, 26 December 2011.
members of the Group are:
Jerrylyn Bruce, Belize;
Henry George, Dominica;
Mr. H. E. Steve Wrensford, St. Kitts and Nevis;
Stanley Marica, Suriname;
Sandiria Hall, CARICOM Secretariat
Emmerson Husbands, CARICOM Secretariat;
The CEOM has met with the Chairman of the
Electoral Commission of Jamaica Professor Errol
Miller O.J, the Director Elections, Mr. Orrette
Fisher, Dr. Lloyd Barnett of Citizens Action for
Free and Fair Elections (CAFFE), Mr. Owen Ellington,
Commissioner of Police, Mr. Earl Delisser of the
National Democratic Movement (NDM) and Mr. Delano
Franklyn of the People’s National Party (PNP).
Efforts to meet with the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP)
The CEOM has recognised that in a democracy, the
will of the people is primarily expressed through
elections, where the “one person, one vote”
principle is well established. In such elections,
the process should be free, fair and transparent.
The mandate of the CEOM is to observe the processes
in the coming general elections in order to verify
that that it is free, fair and transparent and make
the necessary reports in this regard.
On Election Day, the CEOM is expected to be
deployed in the St. Catherine, St. Thomas, St.
Andrew and the Kingston Constituencies.
Thursday, 29 December 2011