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Thursday, May 18, 2006

Hardbeatnews, WASHINGTON, D.C., Fri. May 12, 2006: Officials of the Organization of American States yesterday dispatched a three-member team Electoral Observation Mission to Guyana ahead of the South American nation’s September election.

The move, said the organization in a statement yesterday, marks the start of a long-term OAS Electoral Observation Mission to that country. The observers, St. Kitts and Nevis national Eugene G. Petty, a former elections supervisor and frequent election observer; Canadian Ann Fudge, a Provincial Returning Officer for Elections in Ontario; and Steven Griner, Senior Specialist in the OAS Department for the Promotion of Democracy, were sent at the request of the government, the OAS added.

Both Petty and Fudge will remain in Guyana for the duration of the electoral process that will culminate in general and regional elections, which the Guyana government wants to happen before September 3.

OAS Assistant Secretary General Albert R. Ramdin, explained that the organization’s long-term mission will observe the “claims and objections period” as well and that they will continue to closely monitor preparations for the elections.

“Elections are an important element for strengthening democracy, and in this context, we look forward to the announcement of a date for elections,” added the ambassador, who visited Guyana earlier this year. –