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Domestic election observers begin mission

The COVID-19 pandemic fundamentally altered many normal day-to-day activities, from travel to social interaction.

Now, it has also changed how the democratic process will unfold on Election day.

This 14 April there will be no international observer mission on the ground, as has been the norm for general elections.

Instead, a domestic team has been charged with the task of monitoring the conduct of local polls, a mandate which head of mission Hadleigh Roberts said the team is ready to execute.

“We’re only concerned with results in terms of the fair, transparent and prompt announcement of the results. The domestic election observer team has had a rigorous process through which we were vetted,” Roberts said in a recent interview with the Cayman Compass.

A recent article posted by the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (International IDEA) pointed out that some observer missions have adopted “more innovative strategies in response to the pandemic and…