OAS to observe general elections in Jamaica

The Organization of American States (OAS) says it will deploy an Electoral Observation Mission (EOM) to the Feb. 25 parliamentary general elections in Jamaica.

The OAS said on Friday that the Mission will be headed by Janet Bostwick, former Attorney General and Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Bahamas, and will comprise by 21 observers from 17 countries.

OAS Secretary General, Luis Almagro, and the Permanent Representative of Jamaica to the OAS, Ralph Samuel Thomas, on Friday signed the agreement at OAS headquarters in Washington, D.C.

The OAS leader highlighted the organization’s commitment to “accompanying Jamaica in this important democratic exercise.”

The OAS said it will be the third EOM dispatched to Jamaica.

Thomas thanked the OAS for its support in strengthening of democracy in the Americas and highlighted the democratic tradition of his country.

He said that Jamaica is “ready to welcome the Mission and facilitate its work.”

During its visit to Jamaica, the OAS said the Mission will “implement methodologies to observe political financing, gender equity, and electoral organization and technology, among other issues.”

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