The Commonwealth will observe the upcoming General and Regional Elections in Guyana, scheduled for 2 March.
Secretary-General Patricia Scotland announced the deployment of the 11 person Commonwealth Observer Group following an invitation from Guyana’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The Secretary-General said: “These elections are taking place at a critical moment in Guyana, and the deployment of an observer group is a demonstration of the Commonwealth’s commitment to supporting electoral democracy in member countries.
“Election observation is a core Commonwealth role undertaken with impartiality, independence and transparency.”
The observer group, chaired by Owen Arthur, former Prime Minister of Barbados, will consider all aspects of the election process and determine whether the elections are conducted to the democratic standards to which Guyana has committed itself.
It will also offer recommendations on how electoral stakeholders can further strengthen democratic processes.
The Commonwealth has a long history of observing elections in Guyana, having been present for the all six general elections held since 1992.
Candidates will be contesting 65 seats in the National Assembly. Twenty-five will be elected via geographic constituencies, while 40 will be elected from a National Top-Up List.