UK foreign office will pay for election observers

Governor Duncan Taylor has written the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association requesting that the group organise a team of observers for the Cayman Islands general election on 22 May.

The Election Observer Mission will be arranged and led by the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association, British Isles and Mediterranean Region. Andrew Tuggey, secretary to the association, has replied confirming that British Isles and Mediterranean Region will provide an Election Observer Mission, in partnership with Electoral Reform International Services, a not-for-profit organisation which provides support and advice on democratic processes around the world and with the Association of Caribbean Electoral Organisations (ACEO).

Mr Tuggey said the Election Observer Mission will be led by Mario Galea, a Member of Parliament in Malta since 1992, who has served several times on election observer missions. The observer team is likely to include up to ten experienced and respected individuals from Commonwealth countries in the Mediterranean and Caribbean regions.

The costs of the mission will be met by the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

The British Minister for the Overseas Territories, Mark Simmonds, said he’s encouraged by the Cayman Islands government’s readiness to invite election observers. Mr. Simmonds said he recognises that “it is good practice for mature democracies to invite observers and an opportunity to demonstrate that election processes are robust, free and fair”.

Governor Taylor, in consultation with the supervisor of elections, will agree a memorandum of understanding with the parliamentary association on the operation of the Election Observer Mission in line with standard international practice and will make this public as soon as it has been agreed.


Gov Duncan Taylor

Mr Taylor

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  1. Mr Taylor, where does this make sense?. You know Cayman is a peaceful country, so why the waste of money, don’t care who is paying. Well personally I feel that when the bucket drains Cayman will be picking up the tab one way or the other because I have not know of UK really helping Cayman Islands in the past.

  2. Can’t help thinking that, in the case of Cayman (by that I mean there is no need here for all this third party observing of elections)this is just another comfortable overseas well paid job for the boys – a well established perk for the club, and another entry in their record to qualify for more such junkets.