Commonwealth Secretary-General Kamalesh Sharma has issued the report of the Commonwealth Observer Mission to Sri Lanka’s Northern Provincial Council Election, held on 21 September 2013.
The elections were generally well organised, but fell short of meeting Swaziland’s key international obligations for democratic elections
Elections were peaceful and met key democratic electoral benchmarks
"This initiative is a tangible illustration of how important well-managed and credible elections are to the Commonwealth, which has democracy as one of its core values" - Amitav Banerji, Director of Political Affairs, Commonwealth Secretariat
Participants will examine how technology can contribute to more inclusive, transparent and credible elections across the Commonwealth.
Commonwealth Secretary-General Kamalesh Sharma said today that he is extremely concerned by the further stalling of the democratic process in Maldives, following the stopping this morning of the scheduled 19 October presidential election.
The Observer Group wishes to clarify that at no stage did the Commonwealth Observer Group or any of its members give advice to the Maldives Police Service regarding its decision to take action to prevent the 19 October Presidential election from taking place.
A number of small-island and developing member countries face serious obstacles to managing and securing the benefits that may be associated with the management of ocean space, including the development of potentially lucrative marine resources.
The Pacific islands region has approximately 48 shared boundaries where maritime entitlements overlap as a matter of international law.
As part of the Commonwealth’s continuing observation of the Maldives presidential electoral process, a Commonwealth Observer Group is in the country for the 19 October election.