Commonwealth election observers to go to The Bahamas for first time

A former foreign minister from Ghana, Hanna Tetteh, will  lead a team
of Commonwealth election observers to The  Bahamas for the country’s
general election later this  month.
This is the  first time the Commonwealth will observe elections to
The  Bahaman parliament. The general election is scheduled for 10  May
Commonwealth  Secretary-General Patricia Scotland announced the make
up of  the observer group after receiving an invitation from the
Government of The Bahamas.
“I’m  delighted that former foreign minister, Hanna Tetteh, has
accepted my invitation to lead the Commonwealth Observer  Group. Her
experience will be a real asset in this important  assignment,” said
Secretary-General Scotland. “In  offering their assessment on the
conduct of the election and the overall credibility of the process,
the Group will be  contributing to enhancing democracy in The
The observers  will consider all aspects of the electoral process and
assess whether the election has been conducted according to  the
standards for democratic elections to which the
Commonwealth of The Bahamas has committed itself.
The Group will  be in The Bahamas between 4 and 13 May 2017 inclusive. The
last general election was held in May 2012.
Composition  of the Group according to Bamie Choudhury Director of
Media and Public Relations in the Commonwealth Secretariat  include,
Hanna Tetteh (Chairperson)  Former minister of foreign affairs and
former minister of  industry and trade  The Republic of Ghana
Elvin Bailey  Supervisor of elections  St Kitts and Nevis
Lebrechtta  Hesse-Bayne  Gender specialist  Antigua and Barbuda
Enrico Woolford Chairman of the National Communications Network  Guyana
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