CARICOM observers for Trinidad elections

GEORGETOWN, Guyana, Oct. 28, 2007 – A CARICOM electoral observer team is set to arrive in Trinidad and Tobago today ahead of the November 5th general election in the oil rich island Republic.

The Observer Mission will be led by Barbadian Sir Richard Cheltenham and will comprise some twenty observers designated by the member states of the Community who are either present or past senior officials of electoral commissions across the Caribbean.

The remainder of the Mission will arrive on October 31st. According to a CARICOM statement, “The fielding of the CARICOM Electoral Observer Mission is a reflection of the importance that the Caribbean Community accords to good governance and democratic practice in its member states.”

The Peoples National Movement, led by Prime Minister Patrick Manning, is contesting another term in the government. They face opposition from the United National Congress Alliance and the new Congress of the People party. (