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The General Election in Antigua and Barbuda, 9 March 1999

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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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The Electoral Framework and Preparations for the Elections

The conduct of elections in Antigua and Barbuda is governed by the 1981 Constitution (Articles 38-40, 59-65, and 67 refer) and the 1975 Representation of the People Act, as amended from time to time. The provisions of this legislation are in line with the practice elsewhere in the Commonwealth, and allow for a maximum five-year parliamentary term; subject to residential qualifications, universal suffrage for citizens over 18 years of age; and elections to the House of Representatives by secret ballot.

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