The CARICOM and Organization of American States (OAS) Electoral Observation Missions who kept an eye on last Thursday’s elections in Jamaica say the poll was conducted in a transparent manner.
Speaking at a press conference held to give the assessment of the polls Chief of Mission for the CARICOM mission, Josephine Tamai, said the election was “credible” but recommended that the Government look into strengthening the Office of the Political Ombudsman, and consider placing polling stations further apart.
Meanwhile, Chief of Mission of the OAS Mission, Janet Bostwick, said several “good practices” were observed during the electoral process, which can be beneficial to other countries in the region.
The OAS mission, however, raised concern about the low voter turnout, which was recorded at 47.7 per cent. This was a reduction from the 52.6 per cent of voters who participated in the electoral process in 2011.
A detailed report of the observations and recommendations of the CARICOM and OAS Missions will be presented to the Secretary General of CARICOM, Ambassador, Irwin LaRocque and the OAS Permanent Council in Washington, D.C, respectively.