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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