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Caricom observers warn of ‘anomalies’ in Haiti poll process – JamaicaObserver.com


The 11-member team headed by the chairman of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM), Dr Steve Surujbally, said “too many anomalies pertaining to voting norms exist”, but noted “whether these were accidental or due to deficiencies in the training of the CEP (Provisional Electoral Council) cadre could not be ascertained”.It noted that the CEP does not recruit its own staff directly, rather extraneous bodies such as non-governmental organisations, political parties and civil society organisations, propose candidates for selection.”Varying methodologies in the poll practices, on occasion, were used by CEP officers during the course of the day; for example, different fingers were stained as a form of identification. This would tend to reflect that the training of the CEP E-Day cadre either was not uniform, or that the CEP staff interpreted the processes differently despite common training,” the Caricom team said.It said also that the inadequacy of physical space in polling stations led to the secrecy of the ballot being compromised, with people inside and outside of the polling stations being able to see for whom the voter was casting his or her ballot.

Source: JamaicaObserver.com

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