A team of six election observers began arriving in the Cayman Islands Friday ahead of the 22 May general election.
Head of Mission, Mario Galea, MP of Malta, said he and five other Commonwealth observers brought to Cayman at the expense of the United Kingdom’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office said his team would be interested only in the electoral process next Wednesday, not the outcome.
In addition to Mr. Galea, the other five Commonwealth observers will be Scottish MP Margaret Mitchell, Senator Philip Ozouf of Jersey, Speaker Randolph Horton of the Bermudian Parliament, Fern Narcis of Trinidad and Tobago and Juanita Barker of Guyana.
The group’s mission will cover pre-election activities, election day polling, tabulation and results, and post-election activities. Its preliminary findings will be published within two days of the election date and a final report issued within two months, Mr. Galea said.
Mr. Galea said he did not want to give an impression by the observing team’s presence that anything was wrong with the Cayman Islands elections process.
“I think this gives more credibility to the electoral process and also it validates the elected members,” he said.
A separate team of local election observers will operate independently from the Commonwealth-appointed team under the direction of the Elections Office.