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The General and Regional Elections in Guyana, 5 October, 1992

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These Election Reports are the observations, conclusions and recommendations of Commonwealth Observer Groups. The SecretaryGeneral constitutes these observer missions at the request of governments and with the agreement of all significant political parties. At the end of a mission, a report is submitted to the SecretaryGeneral, who makes it available to the government of the country in question, the political parties concerned and to all Commonwealth governments. The report eventually becomes a public document.

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Was the Poll Properly Conducted?

In discussing the composition and organisational structure of the Elections Commission, we noted that the Government nominated three persons as members and the opposition parties another three members. The Chairman was appointed by the President, but the current holder of that post had actually been appointed from a list of names proposed by the opposition parties. The question of the independence of the Commission therefore has to be seen against the background of its composition, and its independence assessed not only with respect to the Government but also to the ruling and the opposition parties.

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