The Electoral Observation Mission of the Organization of American States (EOM/OAS), headed by the former Foreign Minister of Belize Lisa Shoman, arrived in Guyana on Wednesday morning to learn about the preparations for the May 11 general and regional elections.
According to the OAS, during her visit to Guyana, the Chief of Mission will sign the Electoral Observation Process Agreement with the Chairman of the Guyana Elections Commission, Steve Surujbally.
“This agreement establishes the conditions under which the electoral observation will be carried out. Ambassador Shoman will also hold meetings with the presidential candidates, civil society representatives and representatives of the international community in Guyana”, the OAS noted.
Last week, Guyana and the OAS signed the agreement for observer status for the upcoming elections. The work of the OAS is being supported by the US government. Several OAS observers are expected in the country and across all of the regions during elections day.
Ambassador Shoman who was designated for the position to head the mission to Guyana by the Secretary General of the OAS, José Miguel Insulza, has been a member of the Senate of Belize since 2009.
In 2007 she was appointed Foreign Minister of her country and had previously served concurrently as Ambassador to the United States and Permanent Representative of Belize to the OAS.
The OAS has stated that it will be in Guyana fully from early May to analyze specific aspects of the electoral process such as electoral organization, campaign financing and the political participation of men and women.
Filed: 15th April, 2015