Report of the Joint CARICOM - Commonwealth - OAS Special Mission to Dominica

Following a request made by the Government of Dominica jointly to the CARICOM Secretariat (CARICOM), the Commonwealth Secretariat (COMSEC), and the General Secretariat of the Organization of American States (GS/OAS) to assist in the country's efforts with various aspects of electoral reform, the three organizations agreed to partner in a Joint Special Mission to Dominica.

The Joint Mission comprised eight persons designated by the three Secretariats (see Annex I), who were present in Dominica from August 6 to August 9, 2019.

Prior to their arrival in Roseau, Dominica, the members of the Mission engaged in weekly teleconferences, commencing in early July, to develop the Mission's work plan and to exchange information relevant to the Mission's objectives.

Upon its arrival in Roseau, and in order to ensure a substantive analysis of the issues and allow as many voices as possible to be heard, the Mission met with a wide range of stakeholders. These included the Prime Minister and members of the Cabinet, representatives of political parties, including the Parliamentary Opposition, members of the Electoral Commission, the Registrar General, the Chief Immigration Officer and other Governmental officials and representatives of civil society. A copy of the Mission's Agenda is at Annex II. Electoral and legal experts included in the Joint Mission also scrutinized the existing and proposed electoral legislation prior to the Mission's arrival, in order to ensure a full understanding of the electoral framework.

Following its work in Dominica, the Joint Mission met at the headquarters of the CARICOM Secretariat in Georgetown, Guyana, from August 20 to August 22, 2019, to review its findings and to develop its recommendations.

This is the Final Report of the CARICOM-Commonwealth-OAS Joint Special Mission to Dominica. It includes the Mission's findings, conclusions and recommendations, and seeks to assist the Commonwealth of Dominica in advancing its electoral reform efforts and strengthening its electoral and democratic processes.

Read the entire Report of the Joint CARICOM - Commonwealth - OAS Special Mission to Dominica (PDF, 948 KB) report.

Also see the Response to Joint Mission Report (PDF, 373 KB).

Posted: 07/10/2019