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Monday, January 09, 2006 

Foreign observers for St Lucia elections

Jan 07, 2006: CASTRIES, St. Lucia (AP) - St Lucia will invite international observers to monitor its next general elections - a first for the Caribbean island, the prime minister said on Thursday.
Prime Minister Kenny Anthony said he opted for the observers because he wanted to show that St Lucia could be a good example of international best practice in electoral behaviour and conduct.

The elections were expected to be held by March 2007.

He also wanted to assure St Lucians that their government "has fully observed democratic norms and practices," said Anthony, whose St Lucia Labour Party will seek its third straight term in the elections.

St Lucia has held seven general elections since gaining independence from Britain in 1979, but no international observers have monitored the polls, Anthony said.

St Lucia, an island in the southeast Caribbean Sea, is home to 160,000 people.


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