Election observers speak to glitches in Barbuda Council elections

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The group appointed to oversee the Barbuda Council elections yesterday said there were a number of glitches to the process, and that it will be issuing a preliminary report this week outlining them.
General Secretary of the Free and Fair Election League, George Rick James said a number of disabled people did not get the requisite assistance to participate in the process.
He said that aid to these individuals were inconsistent because some were immediately attended to, while others were not.
James said as the official election observer of yesterday’s polls, this was noted and he would be examining the possible impact it would have had on the overall process, and a final report would be issued on this and other issues.
His colleague, Bishop Rolston Jeffrey elaborated on the issue which he said he also observed.
“[In the morning, the process] was a little bit slow and I don’t know if people were waiting until after lunch to have the great influx, but it went very smoothly. On the notice board at the polling stations it says they’ll make allowance for those who are visually impaired but the police were not listed as priority to go early although the law makes provision for that too,” he said.
(More in today’s Daily Observer)

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