Prime Minister??David Thompson????

Caribbean electoral officers will spend the next two days discussing electoral matters affecting the region, at the fourth General Meeting of the Association of Caribbean Electoral Organisations (ACEO).??????

The conference takes place on Thursday, November 5, and Friday, November 6, at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre, beginning at 9:00 a.m. each day. Prime Minister David Thompson will deliver the feature address at the opening of the workshop tomorrow.

Among the topics to be discussed are: Functional Cooperation Among Commissioners: Exploring Options; Application of Technology to Electoral Processes: Registration and Electronic Identification of the Voter; Electronic Voter Identification and Ballot Issuing System; and Electronic Registration.

The Re-launch of the ACEO: Mission, Charter and Structure; and ACEO Network Partnerships are also on the agenda.

The overall objective of the association is to foster a self-sufficient mechanism of horizontal cooperation among electoral organisations in the Caribbean.?? This is intended to improve their capability to register voters, promote voter turnout and implement elections.??

The organisation’s founding meeting was held in San Juan, Puerto Rico in 1998.?? It was officially established with 17 founding members:??Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Belize, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Montserrat, Puerto Rico, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands, and U.S. Virgin Islands. Anguilla, Aruba, Cura??ao, Dominican Republic, and St. Vincent and the Grenadines later joined the Association, bringing the total members to 22.

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