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Observers to cover Cayman Islands Elections following Changes to its Electoral Process

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Cayman Islands, May 1st 2017: A team of Commonwealth Election observers will be present in the Cayman Islands to oversee the electoral process in its upcoming polls on May 24th.

The Governor’s office confirmed that the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) election experts will monitor the political campaigning, electoral administration, polling, counting, tabulation and post-election complaints or appeals for the 2017 poll. While its voter registration has already closed off, a team is expected to examine retrospectively its accessibility to register prior to the polls.

Supervisor of the elections, Wesley Howell says his team welcomes the observation team, following what he says are “the changes to Cayman’s electoral system which make the mission particularly relevant to ensure independent scrutiny of the process.” Changes are said to involve clarification of voter eligibility based on duration of residence on the Islands.

In 2013, the CPA also sent an observer mission to the Cayman Islands. This year the mission will be jointly funded by the United Kingdom and Cayman Islands Governments.

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Calls made for reparations tribunal

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Rashaed Esson

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Barbados ambassador to the Caribbean Community, David Comissiong, reportedly called for an international tribunal to seek reparations for the transatlantic slave trade that had milions of Africans forcibly sold into slavery. He was speaking at the third session of the Permanent Forum on People of African Descent (PFPAD) in Geneva, Switzerland on April 17, and he expressed that this is needed as there is currently no international court, to deal with the issues of reparations and that having a tribunal would require positive decision by the UN General Assembly.

In support for Reparatory justice, UN Secretary Antonio Guterres in a video message, addressed the forum while acknowledging that racism is still a major issue today’s society

Comissiong’s view was also supported by other nations at the meeting.

 

 

 

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St Vincent and the Grenadines Cruise Industry Development Efforts

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Rashaed Esson

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St Vincent and the Grenadines is working to expand its cruise tourism industry, joining the Florida Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA), as a 2024 Destination Development Strategic Partner, as announced at the Seatrade Cruise Global Conference in Miami on April 10.

Minister of Tourism Carlos James, at the Conference, spoke on the significance of the partnership.

“It’s a significant strategic move in terms of working closely with the FCCA, to leverage a lot of the support that they can offer to our island. In fact, some of the reviews that we just had from this recent discussion here at Seatrade, are really valuable about how we can go back home to St Vincent and the Grenadines and further develop our product. It puts us closer with the cruise lines, it puts us closer with a lot of the service providers within the industry,” he maintained.

 

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Jamaica and Bahamas teams named for World Relays

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Rashaed Esson

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The World Relay Championships is coming up and The Bahamas has named its team of 28 members called team 242, according to reports. Jamaica has also named its team of 31. The relays will be held in Nassau, Bahamas at the Thomas Robinson Stadium from May 4 to 5 and about 450 athletes from 36 national teams are expected to compete.

 

 

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