The General Election in St Kitts and Nevis, 3 July 1995

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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.



The Poll and the Count

As a preliminary observation to the events on polling day, it would be fair to say that we found the electoral system in St Kitts and Nevis had a number of unique features which we have not encountered elsewhere, features which appear to have found broad acceptance in the community over a considerable number of years. These unique features assume a high level of trust between the voter and the polling staff which reflects a broader culture of reciprocal understanding and shared values in the nation as a whole. We recognise the importance of this infrastructure of values and shared perceptions in helping to sustain an electoral culture such as that of St Kitts and Nevis.


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