Member of Parliament for the People’s Progressive Party and Chief Opposition Whip, Gail Teixeira is heading to the United Kingdom to observe the upcoming UK General Elections as part of an Election Assessment Mission (EAM).
The Mission, which is being arranged by the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association UK (CPA UK), as will also observe elections in 7 other UK constituencies to oversee polling, counting and post-election complaints or appeals.
According to a statement, at the end of the electoral process, the group will contribute to recommendations to improve future UK general elections.
The Mission will compromise of up to 34 Commonwealth parliamentarians and election officials from 23 countries and territories. They will monitor Election Day procedures at polling stations, meet with candidates, returning officers, local officials, community groups and other relevant stakeholders in order to assess the conduct of the election.
The Head of the Mission is Seychelles Member of Parliament, Sebastian Pillay, who said “Exercising the right to vote is a fundamental part of democracy”, adding that the CPA UK’s Election Assessment Mission will seek to ensure the UK election process is legitimate and representative of the electorate.
The Commonwealth Parliamentary Association UK, defines an Election Assessment Mission (EAM) as a very short mission comprising less than a week of deployment, covering election day and only one or two days before and after. An EAM will only examine the administration of Election Day as opposed to the entire election period.
CPA UK conducts EAMs as part of its parliamentary strengthening programmes, to enhance the skills and capacity of parliamentarians as election observers.